|Description||Clothes press. Consists of two pieces. Upper section has a large projecting Dutch-style cornice, two doors with carved reeded panels on either side, and H-shaped hinges on the doors. The lower section has three drawers with bail handles (not original). Bracket feet. The press appears to have been finished to look like mahogany. Made in New York or New Jersey.|
|Acquisition||Gift of Clifford H. Bundy|
|Ownership and History||
"Clothes press" is an early term for the kind of free-standing storage cupboard that might also be referred to as a wardrobe or armoire.
By the late 18th century, extensive trade existed between Staten Island and many coastal areas of New Jersey. Although this piece has no history of Staten Island ownership (it was found in Woodbridge, New Jersey), it represents the type of regionally-made furniture available to prosperous Islanders at that time. This piece may have been made by Gershom Frazee (1735-1791), a carpenter and joiner who lived near Scotch Plains, New Jersey.
|Maker||attributed to Gershom Frazee, NJ|
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