VIRGINIA PAINT-DECORATED YELLOW PINE TOOL CHEST, dovetailed case and hinged with carved name "J.N. BLANKENBAKER", iron bail handles on ends, interior fitted with removable tray, and tote. Retains likely original paint-decorated surface. Madison County, Virginia. First half 19th century. 19" H, 25 3/4" W, 21" D.
Very good overall condition, lid with moderate bug damage, the whole with scattered minor to moderate areas of paint loss, later bracket added over carved name, and areas of expected usage wear.
Provenance: From the private collection of J. Richard and Edith J. "Ditha" Grove, Mars Hill Farm, Gordonsville, VA.