American 18th century Pennsylvania German pine blanket chest with interior fraktur and exuberant exterior paint decoration of black feathers on red background. Ogee molded rectangular top over a dovetailed rectangular case with interior till and original iron strap hinges, multiple chalk signatures including "Giles Bright"; molded base and ogee carved bracket feet with spur returns. Original iron lock and oval brass escutcheon. Hand painted watercolor fraktur pasted to interior of lid, dated 1780. 25" H x 50" W x 23" D. Circa 1780. CONDITION: Overall good condition. Missing 1 spur return on the side with till; other spur return repaired. One spot of wear with later overpaint to top (about 1/2" diameter, near front center), other scattered areas of later recent touchup visible under UV light, most notably to till side of chest and to the lower base molding. Spots of minor wear (particularly to feet) and small losses, abrasions, and scratches. Hinges original, with some replaced screws. All feet appear original, one front foot facing repaired. Missing key.
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