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Object Name Cupboard
Alternate Name Kas
Date 1650-1700
Description Four-door cupboard, red oak & yellow pine. Front has molded cornice at top, center, and bottom. Four cabinet doors are placed two-by-two in the front, with two drawers positioned side-by-side in the lower portion of the piece. Each pair of doors has a lock and a metal keyhole plate. The base has four plain feet. Joined construction, with wooden pegs, metal nails, and butterfly hinges. Probably made in New York City or vicinity.
(Keywords: Colonial, New York, United States, HRT)
Acquisition Gift of Mrs. Edna May Christopher Pierce
Ownership and History A kas (kast in Dutch) is a type of cupboard that was traditionally used for storage of valuable household items. Made between 1650 and 1700, this example is one of the oldest surviving pieces of furniture made in New York or New Jersey.

This kas descended in the family of Hans Christopher (or Christophel), one of the original petitioners who established a settlement on Staten Island in 1661.

Citation: Peter M. Kenny, Francis Gruber Safford, and Gilbert T. Vincent, American Kasten: The Dutch-Style Cupboards of New York and New Jersey, 1650-1800 (New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1991).
Earliest Date 1650
Latest Date 1700
Subjects Antiques
Lexicon Sub-category Furniture
Associated People Pierce, Edna May (Christopher)
Catalog Number F01.0127
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Staten Island Historical Society, 2011.
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