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



fig4.jpg (68269 bytes) Figure 4. The folding table shown in this view of the old kitchen is one of the few to have survived intact.  It is especially rare to find the original brackets. In Philo Beardsley's day the shelves held bread baked in the oven in the kitchen fireplace. The loaves were protected by a door consisting of a wooden frame stretched with stenciled homespun linen and anchored by leather hinges. The door is now stored in the attic. The canteen at the right on the top shelf is believed to have belonged to Philo Beardsley. The New England maple side chair of c. 1750 combines features of the William and Mary and Queen Anne styles.


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