Carved Oak and Pine "MH" Hadley Chest, Hadley, Massachusetts, area, late 17th/early 18th century, the hinged pine top above a fully carved joined case of panels above two drawers, the initials "MH" surrounding by repeating star, foliate, and tulip motifs, and a single heart below, old surface, ht. 38 3/4, wd. 42 3/4, dp. 18 1/2 in.
Provenance: The initials on this chest may relate to Miriam Hovey, the daughter of Lieutenant Thomas and Sarah Cook Hovey, who was born August 27, 1689, in the Massachusetts Bay Colony; Mrs. George C. Bryant, Ansonia, Connecticut; Spencer and Judd, Essex, Connecticut; to a Boston area collection.
Literature: In Clair Franklin Luther, The Hadley Chest, 1935, this chest is described as No. 40, p. 137.
The Newtown Bee in 1973 ran an article headlined "Rare Hadley Chest to be featured at the Connecticut Show."
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