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Nov 10, 2021
The carved front panels bear the initials "L" and "A."
According to the history associated with the piece, the chest was made for Lydia Allis (1702-1737), daughter of Ichabod (1675-1747) and Mary Belding Allis (1679-1724) of Hatfield, Massachusetts. Lydia married Daniel Dickinson (1693-1768) in 1736 and had no children. Daniel Dickinson remarried and the chest likely became the property of his son, Aaron Dickinson (1749-1827) and his wife Experience Phelps Cooley Dickinson (1761-1847), thence to their daughter Hannah Dickinson (1791-1867) who married John Parmenter (1781-1855) in 1808, and inherited by their son, author and historian, Charles Oscar Parmenter (1833-1913). The chest was likely given to Parmenter's nephew, Cooley B. Dickinson (1858-1933), and became the property of his widow, Myra Dickinson Schreiber (1865-1954).
In 1929, the chest was in the possession of James T. Roche and Henry B. Stoddard.
An Ohio estate.
This chest is very similar to the chest made for Lydia's sister Abigail in the collection of Memorial Hall Museum, Deerfield, Massachusetts.
Literature: Rev. Clair Franklin Luther, The Hadley Chest (1935) p 69, illustrated and identified as the "L.A. Chest No.7"
Philip Zea and Suzanne L. Flynt, Hadley Chests, Exhibition Catalogue (1992)
Refinished, some discoloration, lid with diagonal crack, abrasions, appears to retain original snipe hinges, patches to outer side of each hinge to underside of lid and top edge of backboard where supplemental hinges probably existed; exterior of case has small patch to facade molding left side of central panel, lock and lock plate replaced, cracks to both upper rear stiles reinforced with three pegs to each stile evidenced through back of case, there are six later small pegs along upper rail of case back. Inside of both rear legs with identical small patches below upper case- probably corrections made by maker.There is no evidence that the chest has been taken apart. Drawer pulls appropriate, wear and loss to both front stiles inner edge at drawer, patch to drawer interior at former lock and corresponding patch to drawer front at former key hole, interior of drawer with wooden support to lower edge groove, cracks to interior lower edge groove, old insect damage to rear legs,
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