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Veneers are thin sheets of hand-sawn wood, roughly 1/8 to 1/16 inches thick. Veneers allowed furniture makers to economize by constructing the carcass of a piece out of such inexpensive woods as pine, then gluing attractive, (and more expensive) veneers of highly figured wood on the exterior. On...

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Inscription

Paper label on back: "Miss Prescott." Pencil inscription on inside lid: "Slight repairs made by / G.P. Fernald, Nov. 1916 / For Miss Josephine Prescott." In chalk: "Prescott., Middle Street, Portsmouth, N.H." Illegible chalk marks on drawer.

Provenance

Early history unknown; probably owned by a Miss Josephine Prescott of Middle Street, Portsmouth, New Hampshire, in 1916, when it was repaired by a local woodworker named G.P. Fernald in November of that year; descended to the donors (Accession Date March 2, 1933).

Credit Line

Gift of Miss Josie F. Prescott and Miss Mary E. Prescott

About 1730–50

Object Place

Probably Portsmouth, New Hampshire, United States

Dimensions

73.82 x 85.89 x 54.77 cm (29 1/16 x 33 13/16 x 21 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

33.374

Medium or Technique

Walnut veneer, pine

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Furniture, Case Furniture and Boxes