Rockbridge County, Virginia
Descended in the Locker Family of Rockbridge County
Walnut, yellow pine
H: 87.5″; W: 41″; D: 22″
From an as yet unidentified group from Lexington, Virginia characterized by the cornice profile and distinctive carved top and waist friezes and straight back returns. Excellent old and mellow finish and original condition. Several cabinetmakers are known to have worked in Rockbridge and its county seat the town of Lexington. Based on their known working dates and attributed output, Hugh McGuffin, James Barrett and William Henry McClung are the most likely candidates as the makers of this cupboard. According to a note left in the corner cupboard, the cupboard was in a house owned by the Locker Family located across the Maury River from the Locker brick plant near Glasgow. Locker is said to have given the cupboard (saved by workmen from the plant) to the tenants of the house, Emmett and Maud Leech, when the house burned circa 1919. The cupboard then descended to Etna Leech Clark from whom it was acquired. An important piece of Valley decorative arts history.