Seymour Chest w/Mirror

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Project by FredRoman posted 1660 days ago 1643 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This piece is not a reproduction, it is an attempt to make a chest attributed to Thomas Seymour of Boston, circa 1805.

Legs have Gaboon Ebony anklets surmounting knopped feet ascending to tapered legs that inlaid with Birdseye Maple panels surrounded with black and white stringing. Additional leg details include carved flutes & curved scroll brackets inlaid with Gaboon Ebony.

The base features Birdseye Maple veneered drawer fronts, bordered by black-white stringing , Sapele cross-banding and Ebony beading. The pulls are hand-cast brass in a flower pattern.

The top edge is decorated with a dart banding surrounded with Ebony and sand-shaded Tiger Maple. The three small drawers comprise the upper case, which glides onto the base with traditional sliding dovetail cleats.

All the drawers are hand-dovetailed in Mahogany. The foliate scrollwork are attached to tapered fluted mirror brackets. The rosettes on the scrolls are hand-turned in Ebony.

The mirror itself is set into a frame of Mahogany, which has an inlay comprised with sand-shaded Tiger Maple, Ebony and dart banding The edge nearest the mirror is a cove profile gilded with 22 karat gold-leafed. There is an elliptical crest with brass acorn finials toping off the vertical supports.

-- Making Tomorrow's Antiques Today....

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#1 posted 1660 days ago

This is an incredible piece. I am very impressed. I’m also amused and impressed by the wide variety of projects we see on this website. The one that posted just before this one is of a stick horse. The stick horse is well done but could there be any greater contrast than this elegant piece and a nicely done stick horse?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 1660 days ago

wow.Fantastic !

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#3 posted 1660 days ago

Absolutely beautiful!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 1660 days ago

Sweet!! Beautiful Craftsmanship!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 1660 days ago

Excellent work , very classy.
Thanks for sharing with us and welcome to Lumberjocks community.

-- Not my woodworking

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Monty Queen

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#6 posted 1660 days ago

Awesome job looks real good.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#7 posted 1660 days ago

SO beautiful!!!!!

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#8 posted 1660 days ago

Wow, great details, I love this, it had to take a long time.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#9 posted 1660 days ago

An amazing piece. Beautifully and skillfully done.

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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Charles Maxwell

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#10 posted 1660 days ago


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#11 posted 1660 days ago

Amazing and wonderful chest so beautiful and fantastic build a true work of art,

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#12 posted 1660 days ago

Thank you everyone for your kind words. I just wanted to inspire anyone and everyone.

Freddy Roman

-- Making Tomorrow's Antiques Today....

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#13 posted 1660 days ago

It definitely looks like it came from an antique auction. Superb!


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#14 posted 1660 days ago


-- -erik & christy-

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#15 posted 1659 days ago

looks great
thank´s for


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