Colchester County Chest
An exceptional Colchester County country formal chest of drawers attributed to Fletcher Brothers of Montrose, Colchester County, Nova Scotia. Figured maple drawer fronts with original pulls. The dark wood frieze immediately below the top, the diamond-shaped walnut keyhole eschutcheons, as well as the use of figured maple mixed with a darker contrasting wood, are traits indicative of pieces that have been attributed to the Fletcher Brothers. This chest is in fine condition and retaining full feet. The pulls appear to be original. We were able to acquire family provenance tracing the original owners as moving from the United States in 1816, relocating to Westchester, Cumberland County, N.S. then to Wallace Bay, Cumberland County, N.S., and then on to Oxford, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia. Oxford is only about 60 kilometers from where the Fletcher Brothers were located and that is likely where the chest came into the family's possession. See Plate 167 and 207 of “Heritage Furnishings of Atlantic Canada”, and Plate 60 of “Colchester Furniture Makers”, for chests with similar attributes.