Blanket Chest

BlanketChest
Walnut, yellow pine, tulip
Eastern Shore, Virginia
1774
The combination of wood—yellow pine and walnut—and construction suggest that this chest was made in the Southern colonies. The makers concealed and mitered the dovetail joints, a level of refinement consistent with urban, eastern Virginia cabinetmakers.

The engraving of the owner's name, Bagwell Custis, on the escutcheon, gives further support that the chest was made in Virginia. The Custises were a prominent family on Virginia's Eastern Shore.