Federal Carved and Inlaid Cherry Chest-on-Chest, possibly Delaware, c. 1810, in two sections, the cockbeaded drawers with inlaid urn escutcheons and flanking simulated pilasters continuing to vase- and ring-turned legs centering an inlaid fan on a valanced skirt, old finish, replaced glass knobs, (imperfections), ht. 70 1/2, case wd. 41 1/4, dp. 20 1/2 in.
Provenance: Acquired new by Delaware governor and Revolutionary Brigade Major Nathaniel Mitchell and wife Hannah Cadwalader Morris of Sussex County, Delaware. Mitchell, a lawyer, was Delaware's delegate to the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia and the first Continental Congress, 1786-1788. He later served as governor of Delaware, 1805-1808. The chest passed to his son Theodore Mitchell whose only child, daughter Emelie Rebecca Mitchell, married Robert Edgar Hastings of Hastings Gold Leaf Co. of Philadelphia. It then passed to Theodore Mitchell Hastings Sr., architect and artist, then to Mitchell Hastings, Jr., radio engineer, and then to Caryl C.B. Hastings.
shrinkage cracks on right side of case, top board added later, some losses to cockbeading on drawers
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