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Corner Cupboard 1828


Bladen County,


North Carolina Yellow pine


H: 109"; W: 47"; D: 18-1/2" MESDA Purchase Fund (Acc. 5650)


In 1828, wealthy planter John Brown of Bladen County hired a local carpenter to construct this corner cupboard for Oakland Plantation. The cupboard is simply made of yellow pine with cut nails, but fancifully painted with sea monsters, pinwheels, and quarter fans. The door to the lower compartment has an added flourish of John Brown’s name and the date, 1828. A two-story brick house with expansive porches, Oakland Plantation still stands on a bluff overlooking the Cape Fear River between Wilmington and Fayetteville.


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