1957.0099.004 Chest
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Chest (Blanket chest)

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  • Place of Origin:

    Northumberland, Pennsylvania, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

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  • Materials:

    Pine, white; Paint; Iron

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Object Number


Object Name

Chest (Blanket chest)



Credit Line/Donor

Museum purchase

Place of Origin

Northumberland, Pennsylvania, Mid-Atlantic, United States, North America

Origin Notes

The chest is possibly from Northumberland County based on the stamped rosettes. However, the chest also has elements found on chests from Centre County including the baluster columns and leaves with scalloped edge.



Mark or Signature or Inscription or Label

1. Inscription; Inside of lid.; "Ruben J. Carter" or "Ruben Harter"


Religious imagery; Adam and Eve; Biblical scene


Pine, white; Paint; Iron

Dimensions (inches)

24.625 (H) , 49.75 (W) , 21.625 (D)

Dimensions (centimeters)

62.548 (H) , 126.365 (W) , 54.928 (D)

Measurement Notes

OW at feet, OD at feet.

Object Description

Text available soon.

Bibliography and Bibliographic Notes

[Book] Hutchins, Catherine E., et al. 1983 Arts of the Pennsylvania Germans.
Published, p.14.
[Book] Fabian, Monroe H. 1978 The Pennsylvania German Decorated Chest.
Published: p. 169, fig. 167 and p. 211, fig. 241. For related decoration, see also p. 175.
[Article] Andrews, JeanMarie. 08//1998 Furniture of the Mahantango Valley. Early American Homes. 57-61.

[Book] Ames, Kenneth L. 1977 Beyond Necessity: Art in the Folk Tradition.
Published: p. 61, fig. 62.
[Book] Lipman, Jean & Winchester, Alice. 1974 The Flowering of American Folk Art, 1776-1876. 288 p.
Published: p. 233, fig. 310.
[Book] Lipman, Jean, et al. 1990 Five Star Folk Art: One Hundred American Masterpieces.
Published: fig. 83, p. 138.
[Book] Bird, Michael S. 2002 O Noble Heart: Fraktur and Spirituality in Pennsylvania German Folk Art.
Published as fig. 54, on p. 62.
[Article] Minardi, Lisa. 2011 From Millbach to Mahantongo: Fraktur and Furniture of the Pennsylvania Germans. American Furniture. 2-119.
Published: p. 98, fig. 143.
[Book] Reed, Henry M. 1987 Decorated Furniture of the Mahantongo Valley.
Published: fig. 15, p. 30.
[Journal] The Magazine Antiques.
Listed on p. 426 (December 1926).