Living with antiques
The Captain Philo Beardsley house near Kent, Connecticut



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Figure 2. The paneled fireplace wall of the dining room is original and is similar to the one in the parlor.  All the paneling in the house is attributed to Reuben Beman Jr. (b. 1742),  a cabinetmaker known to have worked in Kent Hollow in the late eighteenth century. The door at the left of the fireplace opens into a shallow closet.  The maple Boston chair at the right of the fireplace was made c. 1700 and retains its original red paint. The brass andirons of c. 1800 are from the Kent region and the mirrored sconces of about the same date were made in New England.


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