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Colonial Sense wants to bring to you a few examples of Early American Furniture from the Connecticut region. These sample were exhibited many years ago in Hartford, Connecticut.

Connecticut Furniture - Carved oak wainscot chair made by Nicholas Disbrowe, known as the Governor Winthrop chair, ca. 1660
Carved oak wainscot chair made by Nicholas Disbrowe, known as the Governor Winthrop chair, ca. 1660
Connecticut Furniture - Carved oak chest with two drawers made by Disbrowe , ca.1670-1680
Carved oak chest with two drawers made by Disbrowe , ca.1670-1680
          

Connecticut Furniture - Carved oak two drawer chest of drawers made by Disbrowe, ca. 1670-1680
Carved oak two drawer chest of drawers made by Disbrowe, ca. 1670-1680
Connecticut Furniture - Carved oak two drawer chest of drawers made by Disbrowe, ca. 1670-1680
Carved oak two drawer chest of drawers made by Disbrowe, ca. 1670-1680
          

Connecticut Furniture - Section of the largest gateleg table known, cherry, probably made in three pieces, ca. 1650
Section of the largest gateleg table known, cherry, probably made in three pieces, ca. 1650
Connecticut Furniture - Painted chest with one drawer, This chest belonged to Esther, daughter of Captain Daniel Hand of East Guilford (now Madison), who married Wyllys Munger in 1787, ca. 1710-1720
Painted chest with one drawer, This chest belonged to Esther, daughter of Captain Daniel Hand of East Guilford (now Madison), who married Wyllys Munger in 1787, ca. 1710-1720
          

          

Connecticut Furniture - Cherry side wall cupboard on low frame, raise panelled door, cabriole legs, pad feet, stop fluted pilasters at side with rosette top, ca 1710-1720
Cherry side wall cupboard on low frame, raise panelled door, cabriole legs, pad feet, stop fluted pilasters at side with rosette top, ca 1710-1720
Connecticut Furniture - Cherry circular table on three straight turned legs, pad feet, with unusual feature of three drops between the legs, ca. 1710-1720
Cherry circular table on three straight turned legs, pad feet, with unusual feature of three drops between the legs, ca. 1710-1720
          

Connecticut Furniture - Walnut mirror with elaborate cut cresting, gold ornament, original glass, ca. 1750-1760
Walnut mirror with elaborate cut cresting, gold ornament, original glass, ca. 1750-1760
Connecticut Furniture - Cherry chest on chest, scroll top, dentil cornice, carved rosettes and handsomely carved base for urn shaped finials, raised carving on square drawer, quarter columns, curved bracket feet, Roberts type, ca. 1780-1790
Cherry chest on chest, scroll top, dentil cornice, carved rosettes and handsomely carved base for urn shaped finials, raised carving on square drawer, quarter columns, curved bracket feet, Roberts type, ca. 1780-1790
          

Connecticut Furniture - Cherry lowboy with shell carving at corners of top, center drawer curved, cabriole legs, ball and claw feet, ca. 1770-1780
Cherry lowboy with shell carving at corners of top, center drawer curved, cabriole legs, ball and claw feet, ca. 1770-1780
Connecticut Furniture - Cherry tilt top tripod table, carved base and legs, ball and claw feet, genuine pie crust design, ca. 1760
Cherry tilt top tripod table, carved base and legs, ball and claw feet, genuine pie crust design, ca. 1760
          

Check back for additions to the Early American Furniture from Connecticut. We will also run several articles on these famed furniture makers.

Source: Research, photos & text by Bryan Wright

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