Living with antiques
The Captain Philo Beardsley house near Kent, Connecticut
Plate III. What is now the dining room was originally Philo Beardsley's bedroom and contained what is considered to be one of the finest Connecticut beds of the period (now in the Frederick K. and Margaret R. Barbour Collection at the Connecticut Historical Society). The gateleg dining table, Massachusetts, c.1700, has a maple top and the original brown paint on its base. The four maple chairs of c. 1770 could be from Massachusetts or Norwich, Connecticut. The red-painted maple blanket chest has three drawers. It was made in Massachusetts c. 1770. The eighteenth-century looking glass was made in New England. The Massachusetts oak Bible box of c. 1700 retains its original pine top and bears the incised initials EC on the front. It sits on a tavern table from Ipswich, Massachusetts, c. 1720, which has a maple base and a pine top. The brass candlesticks of c.1690 and the delftware bowls of c. 1760 are English. The chandelier was found locally. Its central section is carved with acanthus leaves.
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