replica: James Symonds Valuables Cabinet
 
replica: James Symonds Valuables Cabinet

Valuables Cabinet made by James Symonds of Salem, Ma. in 1679. He built four of these cabinets in 1679 as wedding commissions, this one is a replica of the one at the MMA, New York.
The primary wood is white oak, the turnings are of maple, all riven from my firewood supply. The mouldings in the octagon are 18th century white pine with the points showing their oxidized color.
I made alterations and enhancements to this and His cabinet. 1) I used the moulded top from the Pope cabinet at the Peabody Essex Museum, ( the only one with a moulded top including the back edge). 2) I ' let in' all of the interior drawer dividers into the sides, top and into themselves, (blind). 3) I made a brass escutcheon instead of iron. 4) The stippling in the carved sides is altered. 5) I painted the center top moulding black. Three of the originals are not painted. I made this one and a replica of the Pope cabinet in 2011.