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The Dower Chest, better known as a Hope Chest or Blanket Chest in present time, is referred to by the Pennsylvania Dutch as Ausschteier Kischt. This piece of furniture is the most cherished and most representative of the Germanic Immigrants who came to live in Pennsylvania during the late 17th, 18th and 19th Centuries.Young girls between the ages of eight to ten were given Hope Chests inscribed with their names and usually the date of presentation. This storage chest was filled with household items that the girl made, was given or purchased in anticipation of her future marriage. On her wedding day, this completely filled Hope Chest was proudly placed in the "Wedding Wagon" to be taken to her new home. Items would have included blankets, bed linens, baby clothes, quilts and some family heirlooms.
Simply place the bottles or cans in a pyramid shape and watch as it holds in place due to the amount of support provided and design of the structure. You can easily store five or more bottles in the same area that you would not have been able to store more than three in before. Also, by stacking some of your bottles, you will be given more space in your refrigerator for other items.
The refrigerator is probably the single-most used area in the kitchen. Because of this, the refrigerator is a great place to start cleaning and organizing. With products such as the Easy Stack, you will be able to neatly store any of your familys favorite drinks from soda cans to water bottles. The Easy Stack is a simple mat with well placed ridges and notches that allows you to stack bottles on their side and prevent them from rolling all over the refrigerator.
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.
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