Inside Bennington Museum's collection: Chest of Drawers, 1817

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Daniel Loomis came from a prolific cabinet making family. A number of signed pieces of furniture exist from his brothers Asa and Russell. The chest of drawers seen here is signed, "Made by Daniel Loomis / Shaftsbury / in the County of Bennington / March 18th 1817 AD / Made up on Honor." Presumably, the eighteen-and-a-half-year-old Loomis made this chest as the completion of his apprenticeship. Though a gifted cabinet maker, Daniel Loomis did not practice his trade very long. He opened a dry goods store a few years after making this chest.

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