Chests stored clothing, linens, table coverings, and other household items. The most richly ornamented joined chests produced in America during the seventeenth century are those attributed to the Ipswich joiners William Searle (d. 1667) and Thomas Dennis (1638–1706). Both acquired their florid style as apprentices in County Devon, England. This chest was originally designed with a lower drawer (here missing).
Inscription: incised on lower part of legs: S C
H. Eugene Bolles, Boston, until 1909; [Mrs. Russell Sage, New York, 1909]