1850 Chest of Drawers

Object No: 58.02
Subcategory: FURNITURE
Date Made: c. 1850
Materials: Walnut, poplar, yellow pine
Surface Decoration: None
Regional Characteristics: Skirt shape possibly relates to Swisegood school
Maker: Unknown
Signature: None
Mark: None
Where Made: Catawba River Valley
C R V ORIGIN: Probably Iredell or Mecklenburg County
EVIDENCE OF ORIGIN: Family tradition says this chest has descended through Angelina’s family
Description: Two over three walnut chest with applied 1/2″ trim on top front and sides. Three graduated drawers have locks, two-inch round walnut knobs, thumbnail edges, and are lapped on sides and top.  Drawer fronts are one-inch thick.  Dovetails on drawers appear large, almost square. Top drawer supports are nailed to back.  No dustboards.  Three horizontal, stained or painted, poplar backboards (10-1/4″, 6-3/4″ and 19-3/4″).  Two bottom boards are pine.  Shaped skirt with tiny spurs; early square nails attach it to case.  Unusual front foot construction; facings may be replacements; shaped blocking.  Rear foot blocks with screws probably new.  Repair to right rear foot and top edge of upper right drawer.
History: This chest was owned by Angelina Rebecca Templeton Caldwell and Captain William Caldwell, who were married March 27, 1851. Their home, built in the 1840’s, was located in the Croft community of Mecklenburg County, NC, and was called “Rosedale” (or “Rose Dale”).
Object Location: Private collection