With its brilliant crotch birchwood veneer framed with figured rosewood this chest is very similar to several bow-front chests made by Joshua Moody Cumston (1784-1835) and David Buckminster (1789-1849) who worked together in Saco, Maine between 1809 and 1816. Similar chest were crafted in Portsmouth, New Hampshire This chest can be attributed to Saco, Maine due to the absence of spurred French feet and that the base string inlay does not goes straight across the skirt. Rather it stops at the drop panel in the skirt. Portsmouth chests do not share these features. For additional information see Thomas Hardiman Jr., "Veneered furniture of Cumston and Buckminster, Saco, Maine", Magazine Antiques, 159: 5 (May 2001) 754-61 and Brock Jobe, Portsmouth Furniture: Masterworks from the New Hampshire Seacoast, (Boston: Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, 1993), p. 114-5, no. 11 and 11A.