Living with antiques
The Captain Philo Beardsley house near Kent, Connecticut
Plate IV. The original red paint of the kitchen is preserved under the present coat of matching color. The ceiling was originally plastered. The pine settle from western Massachusetts, c. 1800, has never been painted. The table, a single piece of pine on a maple and oak frame, was probably made in Connecticut in the late seventeenth century. On it is a pair of seventeenth-century Dutch pewter candlesticks. The black-painted banister back armchair in the foreground was made in Hartford in the mid-eighteenth century. The brown painted example at the end of the table is of the same date but was made in Guilford or Wallingford. The sidechair against the wall, from New Hampshire, c. 1750, retains its original black paint. The grain barrel at the right of the fireplace was hewn from a single log. It comes from Staten Island, New York, and the date 1844 is incised on it near the top edge. The wrought-iron grill hanging at the left of the fireplace may have belonged to Philo Beardsley.
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