Chester County Spice Box in Curly Cherry

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Curly Cherry spice box.
William and Mary period, Chester County, PA (where I grew up).

Holly and walnut line-and-berry inlay, based on patterns seen at Wintertur.
Hand wrought rat tail hinges.
5 secret compartments.

Boiled Linseed Oil and Shellac.

Thanks for looking.


Forest, VA

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#1 posted 542 days ago

Great job. Particularly like the curly cherry and your period hardware.

P.S. The through dovetails on the top for the sides is really cool.

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#2 posted 542 days ago

Fabulous job!!!


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#3 posted 542 days ago

Very nice. Love those hinges.

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#4 posted 542 days ago


This is another exquisite heirloom-to-be. Did you make the hand wrought hinges? Thanks for posting.


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#5 posted 542 days ago

Amazing work! It is a real inspiration for all of us. Thanks for sharing it.

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#6 posted 542 days ago

Excellent craftsmanship, beautiful work.

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#7 posted 542 days ago

Thanks to everyone for taking the time to look at my latest work and for commenting.

The hinges were made by a blacksmith in the Poconos of Pennsylvania: “Seven Pines Forge”. I could not find rat-tail hinges small enough for the box, so I had them made. $55 for both – very good price for custom work!

This was my first ‘tombstone’ panel door, and it took me forever to get it all together. The top molding on the box I roughed out mostly on the table saw. It has a very deep cove, which I scraped largely with a heavy chunk of metal that I ground to the curve and scraped by hand.

The period of this piece would be early. ca. 1730-50 maybe. More Wm. and Mary than Chippendale. I used a pattern I saw at Wintertur for the inlay design inside the door. The outside of the door was my own design, but following closely to common patterns seen in Chester County, PA.

Thanks again,


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#8 posted 529 days ago


Very nice work. I love the line and berry embellishments and I would love to try them sometime. I have a great spot for a line and berry chest in the house if I can convince my wife that it’s worth the time and effort.

Congrats on a great project and thanks for posting. CH

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#9 posted 454 days ago

Apologies to Calvin….

I just found your reply. Did not know it was there. Thank you, belatedly, for the kind comment.

I’m doing a Southern sugar chest now in curly maple with some nice inlay – I’ll post it when completed.

Just returned from a weekend workshop with Steve Latta on veneering – in Manchester, CT. Great stuff.

I’d love to get back to your dad’s for another class. Hope he is well.


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#10 posted 454 days ago

Exceptionally fine work!

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#11 posted 452 days ago

Thanks very much Dale.

Notice the back right ball foot – needs two felt pads :)

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