Queen Anne Tiger Maple and Cherry High Chest of Drawers, Rhode Island, c. 1730-60, the top section with flat molded cornice above a case of two thumb-molded short drawers and three long drawers, the lower section with projecting molding above a case of central thumb-molded short drawer flanked by deeper drawers on four arris cabriole legs ending in pad feet all joined by a deeply valanced skirt with applied cockbeading and two turned drop pendants, replaced brasses and old refinish, (minor imperfections), ht. 63 3/4, wd. 37, dp. 19 1/4 in.
N.B. According to oral family history, this chest of drawers may have been made by Abram Utter, who lived in the Deake-Utter House (c. 1700), the oldest house in Hopkinton, Rhode Island. In 1766, Charles Deake sold the property to Utter, one of the first cabinetmakers in Hopkinton City. His sons continued furniture making in the attached "joiners' shop" after he died. Abram Utter, according to oral history, is well-remembered for his patriotic participation in the march to Fort William Henry in 1757 as well as for his joinery skills.
This high chest is believed to have been part of the furnishings of the Thurston Mansion and Store (1769), the home of Edwin Allen of Hopkinton, who was the lieutenant governor of Rhode Island. This early building was also home to two previous lieutenant governors of the state. While the Thurston Mansion has had many renovations and the attached store is gone, the furniture it contained was distributed to family members in the early 1960s.
Literature: Hopkinton City - The Williamsburg of Hopkinton, Rhode Island, by Hope Greene Andrews and Patty Andrews, 1985, pp. 11, 19.