Mahogany wardrobe, ca. 1790
This large mahogany wardrobe was one of the pieces of furniture sold in the 1854 auction of Montpelier’s furnishings. The initials HK are carved into the top of the bottom case. According to Knox’s financial papers at the Maine Historical Society, there are several makers from whom Knox purchased mahogany wardrobes: Benjamin Frothingham of Charlestown, Isaac Ashton of Philadelphia, Benjamin Crookshank of New York and Isaac Nichols of New York. The use of red cedar for the interior drawers suggests a Boston area maker, but this style is more frequently seen in wardrobes from the New York area. It is nearly identical to one sold at auction in 2000, bearing an Isaac Nichols label. The only difference is that one has plain bracket feet, while Knox’s has ogee feet. This could very well be the wardrobe Nichols billed Knox for in 1790. The original pulls were brass and have been replaced over the years with wooden knobs.

Donated to Montpelier by Alice George

Accession Number: A-8-14

Henry Knox Papers, Collection 166 of the Maine Historical Society
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