|Copy of Furniture Invoice |
1804. Oliver Wight to Josiah Walker. Walker purchased the furniture to "fit out" his daughter Violet's new home. OSV manuscript collection 1973.18.
Josiah Walker of Sturbridge purchased furnishings for the marriage of three of his daughters in the early 1800s. In 1803 and 1804 he bought furniture for his daughters Violet and Lucinda from cabinetmaker Oliver Wight of Sturbridge. In 1811 he purchased from local makers Samuel Hooker and Brady Walker for his daughter Jerusha's marriage. All of the marriage furniture was purchased from local makers while ceramic, glass and silver items were purchased in Boston or Worcester.
|Chest of Drawers |
c. 1793. Attributed to John Smith (1768-1834), Barre, Massachusetts. Cherry, cherry veneer, pine secondary work; replaced brass hardware. OSV collection 5.38.28.
This oxbow or reverse serpentine chest of drawers was passed through lineal descent from mother to daughter in the Smith family of Barre. According to family tradition, Smith made the chest for his wife, Hannah, perhaps at the time of their marriage in 1793. Objects that were received as gifts or that celebrate a special event such as marriage often have special significance for families.
Smith was an accomplished cabinetmaker who worked during the transitional decades after 1790 when the Chippendale style persisted alongside more delicate Federal forms and designs. With a nod to the new Federal taste he trimmed the drawers on this chest with cherry cock-beading, a feature that helped make the piece more stylish.
|Portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Kilner of Barre, Massachusetts |
1839. William Fisk Ainsworth (1808-1853). Oil on canvas. OSV collection 20.1.33 and 20.1.34.
Kilner ran a tailoring business on the town common in Barre, Massachusetts. His knowledge of fashion in garments helped his business flourish in a fashion-conscious society. Seated on a handsome upholstered sofa, the couple projects their success in the hustling rural village of Barre.
|Portraits of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Kilner of Barre, Massachusetts. |
|Chest of Drawers |
1813. William Richardson (b. 1793), Charlton, Massachusetts. Cherry, pine secondary work, glue blocks from scrap molding; replaced brass hardware. A card found in the top drawer reads: "William Richardson made this chest for his wife Alice Comins Richardson." OSV collection 5.38.40.
The work of local craftsman William Richardson would have been familiar to residents of Charlton such as Salem and Sally Towne. This is the sort of furniture that the Townes would have purchased to help furnish their large and elegant home, now restored at Old Sturbridge Village. Prosperous families like the Townes made some furniture purchases in Boston, but larger case pieces were more easily purchased from local cabinetmakers.
Note the strip of edging along the top of the case back. This feature is sometimes found on the chests of Nathan Lombard of Sutton, not far from Charlton.
|Looking Glass |
c. 1818. Painted wood, glass, paint. Descended in the Salem Towne family. Probably sold in Boston by Stillman Lothrop. OSV collection 13.15.270.
This tabernacle form gilt looking glass with reverse painted sea scene was likely purchased in Boston by Salem Towne, an affluent, progressive farmer from Charlton, Massachusetts.