Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Through My Lens: 18th Century Furniture


Charleston Chest-on-Chest-on-Chest

This is a set of eighteenth century traveling chests from the Heyward-Washington House in Charleston, SC. Note the handles on the sides of each chest for transportability. Hospitality was the rule in the southern colonies, and the wealthy traveled frequently from plantation to town and back again, making many overnight stops along the way. These stacked chests were popular and practical furniture items that allowed people to pick up their belongings and go, with options for short, medium, and extended visits.

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