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High Chest 1796


In 1796, George and Barbara Foust commissioned this well-made high chest from a local cabinetmaker. Its most prominent feature is the sulfur inlay with George and Barbara’s initials and the year of manufacture, 1796. The Fousts were well-to-do members of the German community in present-day Alamance County yet reached outside their ethnic sphere to a nearby Quaker cabinetmaker named Joseph Wells. Based on new research by MESDA’s director of research, June Lucas, the row of arched drawers across the top illustrate the strong Chester County, Pennsylvania influence on Quaker-made furniture in Piedmont North Carolina.


Attributed to Joseph Wells


Alamance County, North Carolina Walnut and tulip poplar H: 56"; W: 41-1/2"; D: 20-1/4" MESDA Purchase Fund (Acc. 5568)


Summer/Fall 2011


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