History of the United States in 100 Objects – 16: The “PW” Hadley Chest, 1690-1710 (Episode #123)

An elaborately carved oak chest of unknown origin, but marked with the initials of a young unmarried lady, exemplifies the first regional artistic style ever to arise in the American colonies — the “Hadley Chests” of the Connecticut River valley. Suggested reading: Clair Franklin Luther, “The Hadley Chest.”The Winterthur Museum catalog entry on the chest, with more photos: http://museumcollection.winterthur.org/

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