Lot 145
Rare Joel Palmer Paint Decorated Blanket Chest
Lot Details & Additional Photographs
Attributed Fulton County, PA. The child's size chest has a dove-tailed case constructed of six boards, having a rectangular hinged top with applied molded edge opening to an interior well with till, the whole with red painted ground, the front decorated with a floral vase flanked by tall sunflowers. Inscribed below the lid "Na. Truax Dove Ridge Nov. the 7th 1854," the whole raised on an applied scrolled and spurred bracket foot base. Working lock with key.

19.25 x 32 x 14 in.

Dr. and Mrs. Henry P. Deyerle of Harrisonburg, Virginia (Sotheby's, May 26 & 27, 1995, lot 357) Full ownership provenance available upon request.

Accompanying the lot: Sotheby's Catalogue 1995 Lot 357; copy of Joel Palmer's estate valuation; copies Palmer/Truaz geneology; "The Fulton County 1850 United States Census" booklet dated 1988. (Note plate 193 "The Pennsylvania-German Decorated Chest" by Monroe Fabian.)

Shrinkage cracks to the top and one side; break-out and repair to right hinge; some expected scuffs and chips, especially to the molding and base.

$10,000 - 20,000