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Object ID # 1990.021.005
Object Name Chest
Title Chest
Lexicon category 2: Building Furnishings
Credit line In Memory of Edwin Miller
Date 19th-century
Artist Unidentified maker
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Flat-lidded pine storage chest, with two bottom drawers side by side. The flat, hinged lid originally could be locked (but there is no key extant now). It could be described as a "transitional" chest, since it is both a blanket chest and a chest of drawers. The chest has mushroom-shaped wooden pulls and two side-by-side drawers. The keyhole is very plain. There is a brown finish.
Provenance Maker unknown.
Originally owned by Caroline and John Miller. John was a son of John W. Miller (of German descent), and Caroline was from the Jacob and Elizabetha Ruppenthal family (also of German descent). The Millers lived in a farm house south of Hanover, Normanby Township, Grey County.
Last owned by Dorothy Miller (neƩ Miller), who was married to Edwin Miller, a brother of the last two occupants of the Miller farmhouse. They were twin brothers, Noah and Aaron Miller.
Collection Furniture, 19th-c Collection
Material Wood/Finish/Metal
Dimensions H-56.3 W-108 L-54.5 cm
Found Normanby Township (formerly), Municipality of West Grey, Grey County
People Miller, John & Caroline
Subjects Storage furniture
Function This chest could likely be described as a "transitional" chest, since it is both a blanket chest and a chest of drawers. It would be a house chest, used for storage, rather than used for travelling.
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Ingolfsrud, Elizabeth, ALL ABOUT ONTARIO CHESTS, 1973.