Stage Depot Chest Stenciled with Worcester and Boston Stage Routes

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Stage schedules published in the Boston directories until 1840 and then in the Boston Almanac suggest list the Worcester to Dudley Accommodation Stage only in 1831 and 1837. The Worcester & Norwich Railroad was completed in 1839 [Boston Almanac, 1840]. The 1839 Boston Almanac indicates that passengers could take the Worcester cars from Boston and then take the stage from Worcester to Norwich where they could meet a boat for NYC, if so desired. In 1840, the Worcester directory already listed "Accommodation Cars" from Worcester to Norwich. It seems likely that the "Worcester & Norwich" stage line did not continue long after the completion of railroad service between the two towns.

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Year: 1810
Probable Date: 1810-1830

Description: Simple red painted pine three drawer chest with double ogee bracket ends; top board dovetailed to sides with wide, open dovetails; drawer dividers adn runner supports let into dadoes in sides; sides of drawers dovetailed to front and rear panels; drawer bottoms fit into dadoes in front and side panels and are nailed to the back board; drawer bottoms are chamfered on 3 sides; back boards fit into rabbets at sides; boards have been renailed with combination of old cut and new wire nails; mouse damage on top edge of back board of one drawer repaired with a row of short nails; on another drawer the damage was repaired with sheet metal tacked to the edge, only small fragments of which remain; front and sides of chest painted red; back painted white when the rest of the chest was repainted; drawers stenciled in yellow paint: "WORCESTER & NORWICH STAGE;" "BOSTON & DUDLEY STAGE"; "BOSTON & HARTFORD STAGE"; the word stage in 2" letters, the rest 1 1/4"; iron bails with bow shaped back plates are not original but were attached with blunt screws of various sizes, probably at time white paint was removed; they replaced original two post pulls.

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Dimensions: H: 39 1/4" (99.7 cm.); W: 32 1/4" (81.9 cm.); D: 15 1/4" (38.7 cm.)

Materials: Wood: pine; iron/steel

Condition: Good

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