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Commode

Artist/Maker:
Petersen, Karsten
Place Made:
Salem, North Carolina
Date Made:
1835-1860
Medium:
poplar
Dimensions:
HOA 17; WOA 14; LOA 14
Accession Number:
711.12
Description:
Poplar commode or close stool with hinged top and turned legs; corners dovetailed; bottom nailed; small wooden handles on sides; edges of top have nail holes indicating that the top was at one time upholstered; interior has wooden “shelf” set into top with round hole. Stool has been varnished a dark brown.
History:
This commode or close stool descended in the Vogler family. The top was originally upholstered, and period books on domestic topics suggest that this was done to allow a person to sit down while they put on their shoes. An appropriate reproduction fabric will eventually replace the missing original.
Credit Line:
Gift of the children of H.E. Vogler