F19 Mid 19th century rare Sugar Chest likely Virginia, poplar wood in red paint, open interior compartment, with a single dovetailed drawer, One board construction the case is resting on very gracefully turned legs .. The top is hinged as a single board to the back, circa 1840
Measurements are : 21' wide X 15 1/4" deep X 28 1/4" tall
Likely one of the first period references to the term “sugar chest” is found in the ledgers of the “Partridge Store” which served planters in the Hanover and Louisa County, Virginia area throughout the 2nd quarter of the 18th century. Their surviving ledgers for 1756, in the account for William Hendrick (son of William Sr. of Amelia County who died ca. 1739) of that year, show among his 28 purchases that year ten hoes, 12 plates, a woman’s cloak, a fan, a sugar chest and lock, and a set of teaware.