Ella Naamah. drawer. October 09th , 2017.
During the 1600's and 1700's Pennsylvania had a high influx of European people looking to establish their own communities with all of the much desired freedom and rights that were denied to them in their own countries. William Penn, who owned the Province Of Pennsylvania, which later became the State of Pennsylvania, allowed all of the people who settled there freedom of religious practice.
The older style of blanket chest was normally fairly large since it was required to hold so many items. Wood craftsmen learned the best methods to construct these important pieces of furniture. Mortise and tenon joinery and dovetail joinery were the favored construction types. Beautiful hardwoods like cherry, oak, maple and walnut were used in one inch thicknesses to create extremely durable wooden chests.
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.
Once you get your drawers emptied out take a look at what you have. Do you have a wide ranging collection of pens youve collected from banks, stores, and other places? It is okay to pare down. You dont have to keep every pen, pencil, highlighter, or marker in your drawer. Toss them, give them away, or find a Tupperware to store them on a high closet shelf until you run out of the handful you keep in your drawer.
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