Miniature Chest of Drawers

William Baker (dates unknown)

Frederica, Delaware, 1841

Walnut, tulip poplar, yellow pine

Museum purchase; 2011.10

This miniature chest comes with its own piece of history, courtesy of a handwritten letter that was found beneath the lid. The letter, in poetic 19th century prose, tells how William Baker, a cabinetmaker from Frederica, made this object as a gift for his friend Robert Y. Townsend. To date, little more is known about this Delaware furniture maker.