This clothes press was acquired at a Sheriff’s Sale at a Keswick farm house in Albemarle County in 1986. Then, it had a fresh coat of regular white house paint, some of which can be seen on the back side. Sam Morris soon after removed the paint by hand, and followed that by hand waxing the original yellow pine surfaces, using the heat of his hands through vigorous rubbing. He deservedly signed his resulting work of art on the upper area of the back. This press is about mid-19th century, with wide timbers and cut nails with square heads, all in the Country Federal style. This is one of the most practical pieces ever for storage of books, CDs, or whatever.
(Note: The original wood latch and screw is in an envelope at the front desk.)