Cherry with yellow pine secondary
Nansemond or Southampton County, Virginia
This cellaret was acquired in Holland, a small town in Nansemond County, Virginia in 1932 by James Cogar, then a curator at Colonial Williamsburg. The well proportioned case and base are skillfully constructed and present an austere example of a quintessentially southern form. Blind dovetailing of the front corners of the case and top suggest that this cellaret was produced by an established cabinetmaker.
MESDA S-3607, which has a history in Southampton County, Virginia is very similar and may have been produced in the same shop.
Condition is commensurate with age and use. The base has old repairs but is original. The waist molding on the base is replaced as are the hinges with associated strip repairs to the upper back of the case. The top panel is probably an old replacement. The dividers are old wood replacements.