At first glance, this small chest looks much older, like Pilgrim period. It also looks like the paneled furniture of Eastern Virginia. The nails and wear, however, suggest an early 19th century origin. Since the panels are flat, not raised, it more likely is Long Island or any of several other coastal communities such as New Jersey. What is especially desirable, regardless of its time and origin, is the original and nicely aged buttermilk paint! If you collect great paint, this is a piece for you.
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