Folk Art Miniature Chest

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Folk art miniature chest with four drawers and turned wood knobs.  Inscribed 1844.  Lexington, Massachusetts.

Why is it special? This chest tells its story in the form of an ink inscription in the upper drawer: “This bureau made by Dr. Amariah Preston in his 86th year & presented to Margaret Folger Ewer in 1851 in Lexington Mass. by Dr. Preston then in his 93rd year (about) – In the battle of Bunker Hill he stood by the side of General Warren when Warren fell.  Amariah Preston died in Lexington Oct 29th (about the year 1853) aged 93 years 9 months.  M.F. Ewer married Charles Ed Coffin Sep 13, 1855 in Nantucket Mass.”

The miniature chest is also dated in pencil “Made in 1844”.

Tell me more: The upper drawer features the following ink inscription: “This bureau made by Dr. Amariah Preston in his 86th year & presented to Margaret Folger Ewer in 1851 in Lexington Mass. by Dr. Preston then in his 93rd year (about) – In the battle of Bunker Hill he stood by the side of General Warren when Warren fell.  Amariah Preston died in Lexington Oct 29th (about the year 1853) aged 93 years 9 months.  M.F. Ewer married Charles Ed Coffin Sep 13, 1855 in Nantucket Mass.”

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