Chest with two drawers


Object Place: Possibly Rhode Island or Massachusetts


34.3 x 43.8 x 19.7 cm (13.5 x 17.25 x 7.75 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Wood with straw-work marquetry

Not On View




Case furniture and boxes

Small six-board chest with two drawers with all-over straw-work marquetry decoration; center panel of chest section with large compass-work star flanked by panels of herringbone inlay flanked in turn at the outside with ‘flamestitch” inlay; each of the superimposed drawers divided into five simulated panels with stars and herringbone inlay on the upper drawer and stars alternating with flamestich on the lower drawer; case sides and top similarly decorated; small interior lidded till with added drawer below


Lengthy modern pencil inscription on underside of bottom drawer detailing line of descent:

"This chest was left to me by Mary Dean of Providence RI
It once belonged to

Althea Kent who married Wm Brown -- Barrington RI
1739-1802 1737-1817
Kent Brown
Nathaniel [ditto]
Julia Francis Brown m. Henry Cram
Mary Brown Cram Dean -- died 1950
Evelyn W Kendall Morse Hill Farm Sharon Mass -- Oct 1950"

Inscribed on outside of the back of the upper drawer: "X"
Inscribed on outside of the back of the lower drawer: "XI"


Although thought to have been brought over on the Mayflower in 1620 by Mary Chilton this chest was not made until the mid to late eighteenth century. The original owner is unknown; it may possibly have been Althea Brown of Barrington, Rhode Island. It descended directly in the family of the donor.

Credit Line

Gift of Nancy F. Kendall