drawer. Monday , October 23rd , 2017 - 16:12:36 PM
The painted designs on some of these Hope Chests are very elaborate which has enabled historians to be able to categorize them by region and to recognize specific craftsmen. These Dower Chest designs included the use of inlaid leaf and flower motifs, unicorns, hearts, birds, hex designs to ward off evil spirits, flower designs mainly of roses or tulips, the name of the girl receiving the Hope Chest and the date that the Hope Chest was presented.
These Early American Hope Chests were not made with cedar on the inside. Cedar linings and bottoms are the additions of present day craftsmen to their Blanket Chests. This is a favorite feature among buyers since cedar eliminates insect pests and releases a wonderful aroma every time the lid is opened. This fresh smell can be rejuvenated by simply roughing the cedar with small grit sandpaper.
The most contemporary collection is in a dark coffee cherry color, and has a high satin finish which makes it look lovely. The English drawers have kenlin glides, and are designed to make using the dresser easy. The tapered legs help to keep the design fresh, and the simplicity of the style makes it able to be used for many years to come without looking dated or old.
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