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Bandy-Leg Bureau

Unknown maker

Primary wood: walnut Secondary wood: poplar

42-1/8" high, 40¾" wide, 19¾" deep

Ref. No. 100512_016

This case-on-frame bureau found in Southern Indiana may be the result of a North Carolina cabinetmaker having migrated north. The bandy leg on this example is known on numerous chest-on-frames originating at several locales in North Carolina, yet unknown elsewhere excepting this example. The Carolina chests tend to be more Germanic and do not embrace the Federal period, as does our example. This chest was likely made within the first quarter of the 19th century.

When collected the drawer fronts had Victorian pulls, which were removed and replaced with period oval brasses in the original drill sites. A single hole was filled with a composition material colored to match the drawer fronts at every handle site to remedy a later drilling which mounted the Victorian brasses. All drawers had lost the kite-shaped escutcheon at the lock sites and the cavities were filled with a light wood inlay, which undoubtedly occupied those positions. The inlaid banding between case and frame was lost on the front exposure, but replicated using the remaining inlay of the case sides as a pattern. A shellac finish was added by furniture conservator Bob Hillenmeyer along with the other noted restorations around 1995. The blending of an almost unique, North Carolina Germanic style with the adapted Scots-Irish interpretations of Federalism in the Ohio River Valley makes for a very attractive bureau.