IMPORTANT AMERICAN FURNITURE FROM THE COLLECTION OF W. FORBES AND JANE RAMSEY
Although lacking side finials and with inset brasses on the long drawers, this chest is otherwise identical to the chest signed by Samuel Brown. Both display design and construction characteristics associated with the Colchester style such as a distinctive shell design, scrolled knee returns, and prominent ankle hocks. They also exhibit the construction techniques of backboards nailed in rabbets to the case sides and top; drawer runners that are nailed to the case sides; drawer sides that are flat on top; and dovetails pins that are small and triangular.
A third related Colchester style example with similar steps is in the collection of the Henry Ford Museum.2 It likely represents another shop tradition as it differs in drawer proportions, shaping of the bonnet opening and carving of the shells.
1 See Thomas P. Kugelman and Alice K. Kugelman, Connecticut Valley Furniture (Hartford: Connecticut Historical Society Museum, 2005): no. 120, pp. 264-7.
2 See ibid, cat. 120B, p. 266.
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