paint decorated tool chest, featuring figure decoration of a foreign soldier and an American gentleman; lift top with a straight edge, joined to the case by applied shaped cleats, over a straight sided case with two small pull out drawers over a single long pull out drawer; drawers each feature applied turned wood knobs and are divided in the interior; box is covered with a red painted ground, with the front featuring the image of two men facing each other; man on the left is dressed in elaborate costume, including a tall plaid cap with a tassel, a multicolored shirt, white stocking, red shoes and holding a long lance; man on the right is shown in a white coat with red facings, light coral colored breeches and brown knee stockings; man is shown holding a sword in his right hand, pointed in the direction of the soldier; left side of the case is labeled in yellow lettering, "Brads", and the reverse features the yellow and black painted inscription, "Eleazer Daniels, Cabinet-maker Shop"; shop inscription is painted over a figure of an officer wearing a chapeaux-de-bras

Tool chest, 1805-1815

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2016 Accession Highlight

A particularly rare survival from a nineteenth-century furniture shop, this cabinetmaker’s tool box is marked for the workshop of Captain Eleazar Daniels of Medway, Massachusetts, in Norfolk County, southwest of Boston. Further research can help us tell more about Captain Daniels and illuminate this personal object that represented his trade, and add to his story in the early decades of the United States. Mia has a number of fine examples of 18th and early 19th-century furniture; this acquisition significantly strengthens this area of the collection.

paint decorated tool chest, featuring figure decoration of a foreign soldier and an American gentleman; lift top with a straight edge, joined to the case by applied shaped cleats, over a straight sided case with two small pull out drawers over a single long pull out drawer; drawers each feature applied turned wood knobs and are divided in the interior; box is covered with a red painted ground, with the front featuring the image of two men facing each other; man on the left is dressed in elaborate costume, including a tall plaid cap with a tassel, a multicolored shirt, white stocking, red shoes and holding a long lance; man on the right is shown in a white coat with red facings, light coral colored breeches and brown knee stockings; man is shown holding a sword in his right hand, pointed in the direction of the soldier; left side of the case is labeled in yellow lettering, "Brads", and the reverse features the yellow and black painted inscription, "Eleazer Daniels, Cabinet-maker Shop"; shop inscription is painted over a figure of an officer wearing a chapeaux-de-bras