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.

While the Bennington Museum is closed, we invite you to explore our online database, https://bennington.pastperfectonline.com/, found on our website under Collections/Research. And be sure to tune into our Tours at Ten on the Museum Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/benningtonmuseum/, for great programming about our collection, galleries, history, and so much more. We also welcome your ideas and suggestions. Send them to ideas@benningtonmuseum.org. The museum will be re-opening on July 3, with a schedule of Friday, Saturday, Sunday and Monday from 1 to 6 p.m., and Friday from 1 to 8 p.m. We hope to see you soon.

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