Early Open-Top Pewter Cupboard


Rare open-top pewter cupboard, circa 1760.

The cupboard has two open shelves above a wide counter. Below that are open shelves situated next to one door. The cupboard has excellent patina and features plate grooves on the upper shelves, molded shelf fronts, hand-forged butterfly hinges and early rose-headed nails. It is an excellent means for displaying early accessories and/or collections of stoneware, redware, etc.

This cupboard is pictured on page 84 in the book, "American Antiques" by Norman Hudson, which describes Withington Auction sales from 1964-1970. The cupboard came out of a very important collection at that time and was sold in July, 1968. It is now being offered for sale out of our own collection.

Because they were usually constructed in place, these cupboards were often too large to be removed from the house. Therefore, almost all were cut in height and this cupboard was no exception. It was cut at the waist, making it a two-piece cupboard. It was also cut above the second shelf. This was expertly done and hardly visible, a repair that is not difficult to accept in such a rare and early piece of American country furniture.

Dimensions: 81” wide x 17½” deep x 77” high.

Item No. 160111

Price: $8,400.

Sale Price: $5,900. (Firm)

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