Seymour Chest w/Mirror

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Project by FredRoman posted 01-07-2010 05:28 AM 2253 views 7 times favorited 22 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.

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#1 posted 01-07-2010 06:03 AM

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 01-07-2010 06:29 AM

wow.Fantastic !

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#3 posted 01-07-2010 06:50 AM

Absolutely beautiful!

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#4 posted 01-07-2010 07:06 AM

Sweet!! Beautiful Craftsmanship!!!

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#5 posted 01-07-2010 07:41 AM

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

-- Not my woodworking

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#6 posted 01-07-2010 08:10 AM

Awesome job looks real good.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#7 posted 01-07-2010 12:35 PM

SO beautiful!!!!!

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#8 posted 01-07-2010 12:46 PM

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 01-07-2010 02:22 PM

An amazing piece. Beautifully and skillfully done.

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

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#10 posted 01-07-2010 03:58 PM


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#11 posted 01-07-2010 05:37 PM

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

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#12 posted 01-07-2010 06:01 PM

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 01-07-2010 07:42 PM

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


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#14 posted 01-07-2010 08:35 PM


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#15 posted 01-08-2010 12:52 AM

looks great
thank´s for


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