Attributed to Thomas Dennis (American (born in England), 1638–1706)

Object Place: Ipswich, Massachusetts

Catalogue Raisonné

Randall 2


24.13 x 64.77 x 36.04 cm (9 1/2 x 25 1/2 x 14 3/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Oak, pine

On View

Brown-Pearl Hall (Gallery LG35)




Case furniture and boxes

A six-board box with a till, carved on the front panel with palmettes separated by S-scrolls. The corners of the front and top are gouged with quarter-round notches, emphasized by crescent punching, while the palmettes and scrolls are deeply punched wih circles. The entire box, with the exception of the back, was stained red, and the carved palmettes were painted a brighter red. A wash of black, now dark brown in tone, was used over the red on the S-scrolls and on the lip of the base. The staple hinges and keyhole escutcheon are original. The lock and catch are lacking.
The lid, the bottom, and the till lid are white pine; all other parts are oak. The right cleat is replaced. All joining is accomplished with large rectangular-headed nails.


Unknown prior to its discovery "near Boston" by Hollis French before 1921; Gift of Hollis French, December 1940 (Accession date December 12, 1940)

Credit Line

Gift of Hollis French