Early Pennsylvania Bucks Cty Corner Cupboard MUST SEE

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  • Item Category: Furniture & Furnishings
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Dec 19, 2006
  • Channel: Auction House

We are offering a fabulous early Pennsylvania Corner Cabinet from Bucks County Pa. It is a 12 pane design with the beautiful wavy glass indicative of an early piece. The finish is in good condition showing normal signs of wear, nothing unsightly or major and has a beautiful patina.

This is a very special piece and the lucky buyer will have a piece for their home that anyone would be proud to own. It would become the focal point of your home and the room w it is resides. Pieces of this quality are few and far between anymore.

It is structurally sound and ready for enjoyment. Despite being an early cupboard, it has a definite Arts and Crafts, Mission, or No veau look that I will explain in my assessment at the end of my description.

The construction is solid pine. The face on the front sides are 5 1/8" wide and 1 1/8" thick solid pine with a 3/8" thick applied "gingerbread" in an Arts and Crafts Style. The door frame is 1 1/8" thick solid pine. The back is 1" solid pine in 9 1/2" sold pine boards. The shelves are 7/8" solid pine.

It measure 95" high with a frontal width 38 1/2" and a 27" draw on both sides (from whatever corner you want to place it, it will come out 27" on each wall side). This will definitely fit in an 8' ceiling because the front columns and bonnet are the only place on the top w t is a depth of 95" and you would simply "arc" into place by having the front face towards the floor and then stand it up(see front and side pics).

The top is an arched bonnet with a striking trefoil cutout in the center which is common in early Buck County pieces

It has a magnificent 12 pane door measuring 28" by 49" with a 1 1/8" solid pine frame. Each piece of glass is individually cut and then placed in the frame with moulding holding it in place.

T are 3 drawers in the middle between the 12-pane top door and the two bottom doors. These are 1 1/8" thick with applied "gingerbread" decorations that adds another 3/8" thickness (see front and door pics). Each of these has a porcelain knob that is held in place by a screw going into the face (not a bolt going all the way through the face).

The drawer configuration is an unusual design. Most cupboards had 1 drawer going all the way across the front.

The bottom has 2 panelled doors that open into a large storage area.

The drawer faces, and the two bottom doors have applied gingerbread framing the drawer or door with quarter sawn circles in the corners.

The wood is in excellent condition their are some minor dings in the left hand side of the face w it fits against the wall. T is one larger piece on this edge split out that is 4" long by 3/8" wide tapering down to 0" (see pics). For a piece this early, it has very minor damage and when you look at the pics I'm sure you'll agree with me.

The hinges are 2 1/2" by 2 1/2" brass.

When I first bought this piece I thought it was made about 1915, but after doing my critical appraisal for my listing I started seeing things I hadn't noticed when I bought it. The original piece is much earlier than the 1915 time frame and probably is from the early 1800's but I cannot 100% certain of that. In the following paragraphs I will explain my thought process.

The sides, top, bottom, door, and drawer fronts are 1 1/8" solid pine. T is applied "gingerbread" in an Arts and Crafts, Noveau, or Mission style that was commonly used in the 1900-1920 time frame. I believe this was added to modernize the piece in the early part of the 20th century. The quality of workmanship is t to make this a very good looking piece.

The wear on the drawers shows much earlier age than the 1915 era I first thought it was. T are attached shims under some of the drawer bases to build up worn wood from many many years of use. Not something that would happen to that extent in 100 years. This was expertly done and when you see it, you will agree that it wa...