Cabinetmaker’s Tool Chest

This beautiful example of a cabinetmaker’s tool chest was given to the Museum by Mr. Richard WanmakerWe believe that it was made by J. M. Ackerman, whose initials “JMA” are stamped on the lock plate. Such chests were often made during the apprenticeships of young cabinetmakers, and later used to house their personal tools.
 
Along with a beautiful veneer of walnut, the inside of the lid features a rectangle of plain wood, painted to represent fancy grain. This faux finish was a very popular form of interior decoration when the chest was made in the 1840’s.
 
The interior of the chest is beautifully fitted with tool drawers and compartments. Many fine tools bearing the initials “JMA” were still in the chest when we received it.

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