THE IMPORTANT STRATTON-CARPENTER-WHEELER FAMILIES CHIPPENDALE CARVED AND FIGURED MAHOGANY CHEST-ON-CHEST, CABINETWORK ATTRIBUTED TO JOHN FOLWELL (W. 1762-1780); CARVING ATTRIBUTED TO JAMES REYNOLDS, PHILADELPHIA, CIRCA 1770
300,000 - 500,000 USD
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retains its original carved cartouche and its original cast brass hardware. It retains a sumptuous dark rich historic surface. Inscribed on back board "This chest of [drawers] on lowboy was the property of my great great grandmother Mrs. Hugh Creighton of Haddonfield N.J. whose daughter Mary (Pretty Polly Creighton) married Dr. James Stratton of Swedesboro N.J. When during the Revolution[ary] War the British Troops entered Haddonfield and search the houses for arms. Her mother pulled this chest of drawers out from the corner and wrapping blankets around Polly, then a girl of 15 hid her behind it until the soldiers were gone. / This was given to Andrew Wheeler in the year 1918 by his aunt Mary Creighton." Bottom 2 1/2 inches of foot-facings and proper back left foot facing are replaced.