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



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Figure 3. The curly-maple chest of drawers in this view of the dining room is from Hartford, c. 1710. On it is a pair of early eighteenth-century English brass candlesticks, while above it hangs a sampler worked in 1806 by Jain Vreedenburgh Conklin (b. 1800), a distant ancestor of the present owners of the house who lived in the lower Hudson River valley. The tavern table, with a pine top and cherry base, is a late eighteenth-century Connecticut piece. Above it hangs an eighteenth-century New England looking glass with painted decoration. The matching maple chairs were made in Massachusetts c. 1750 and, except for their splats, closely resemble the four around the dining table (see Pl. III).

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