Little board chest

1675–1700
Tilden Shops


Object Place: S. Scituate, Massachusetts, United States

Dimensions

Overall: 23.5 x 37.5 x 17.8 cm (9 1/4 x 14 3/4 x 7 in.)

Accession Number

1981.364

Medium or Technique

Pine and white cedar, tin plated iron and lock and hinge

Not On View

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Case furniture and boxes

This diminutive chest probably was intended for a child, regarded less as a toy than as a means of inculcating adult values of order and neatness. The initials of the original owner (RG) now are covered by an early, tin-plated lock. Like several other chests by Tilden, this example was painted vermillion or red. It is ornamented with sawtooth patterns, gouge work, and incised decoration similar to a group of full-size board chests attributed to the Tilden shop.

Credit Line

William E. Nickerson Fund