Chest of Drawers, circa 1810 from Shepherdstown West Virginia






















Shepherdstown, West Virginia

Circa 1810

Walnut, poplar

H: 44″; W: 38.5″; D: 21.75″


An excellent example of the Shepherdstown school of artisans working in the Scots-Irish tradition.  The Shepherdstown aesthetic emphasized verticality combined with elegant shaping and fine cabinetmaking to produce a regional version of “neat and plain”.  There are only a handful of signed pieces from the area but MESDA has identified a group of makers from advertisements. The most prolific of these was a shop initiated by William Eaty in 1797 and continued by Shepherd and Woods in 1810.



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