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American Southern Cherry Sugar Chest Kentucky, 1825-35

American Southern Cherry Sugar Chest Kentucky, 1825-35

Item Description:

With a lock-and-key opening, standing on a base with a single drawer.


Excellent. Please contact for specific condition questions.


Acquired from the current owner's grandfather who received it from a friend.


Height 36 in.

Width 26.75 in.

Depth 17.5 in.

About The Artist:

The cherry sugar chest was a popular form of furniture in the Southern United States in the 18th and 19th centuries and was often displayed in the dining room. Most of the sugar used in North America in the 18th and 19th centuries was imported from the West Indies and therefore was an expensive, luxury item. At this time, sugar was processed into cone- or loaf-shaped molds, which would then be carefully cut it into lumps for cooking and baking purposes. The sugar chest was used to house the moulded sugar, the nipper used to cut it, and also served as a display case for desserts. When the processing of sugar changed in the 1850s, and sugar became less expensive and more accessible to Americans, sugar no longer needed to be kept under lock and key, and the sugar chest faded out of popularity and production.


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