PENNSYLVANIA BLUE-PAINTED PINE BLANKET CHEST, the hinged rectangular lid with fine applied ogee edge moldings over a dovetailed case concealing interior well with lidded till, above applied ogee base molding and straight cut-out bracket foot of full height and with original blocking. Original but hinges. Early surface of blue-green paint over earlier blue. Folk art fraktur of a central tulip flanked by facing birds, inscribed "Elizabeth Keller / 1850" pasted to underside of lid. Possibly Lancaster Co., PA. First quarter 19th century. 26 1/2" H, 47 3/4" W, 21 3/4" D. Catalogue Note: The present blanket chest has a Lancaster County, Pennsylvania recovery history, and while no definitive evidence exists, several individuals named "Elizabeth Keller", born in 1850 in Lancaster County, are possible candidates. Though the chest appears to predate the small fraktur pasted to the underside of the lid, it is still quite rare to find examples in which the two (the fraktur and the chest) remain together, especially when both objects are in such good condition.
Excellent overall condition. Brass escutcheon probably a later addition.