Beautiful, and very well preserved solid walnut tall chest from the Edward McPherson Estate of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. This beautiful high chest is believed to have been made around the year of 1790. It has a beautiful three over five drawer design, with Federal Style brass hardware. The top two bras handles have a dove and the word “Peace” inscribed in them and the bottom drawer pulls feature a Greek Temple design. These symbols of democracy and peace are fitting for a piece created just 14 years after our revolution, as the memory of freedoms hard won would not have been easily forgotten. From 1776 to the early 1800s, the birth of our nation and the strength of its new Constitution informed craftsman and artisan alike to imbue their works with patriotic emblems. The celebratory optimism and nationalism portrayed on this chest is appropriate for an early American piece and also its owner, a soon to be politician and patriot. The chest was passed down to Edward McPherson, a notable politician, writer and figure during the American Civil War.
This antique chest has beautiful warm patina and appears to be in original finish, with some ageing to the texture of shellac on some drawers. The top two drawers on either side of the middle drawer have a secret mechanism that keeps them locked. One has to open the drawer below to access the top drawers, making it a very handy place to stash valuables.
Some locks in the drawers are removed. The bracket feet appear to have been replaced at a later date.
This piece belonged to the McPherson Estate. Edward McPherson was a very important figure for Gettysburg, Pennsylvania and for our nation’s history. He was a two time US representative and was appointed by Lincoln as Deputy Commissioner of Revenue in 1863. He also organized Company K of the Pennsylvania Reserves during the Civil War. He worked in the years following the war to preserve the Gettysburg battlegrounds and to erect many of the monuments that can be seen there today. He was also a great writer and published a work on the civil war entitled, “Political History of the United States of America During the Great Rebellion.” He remained in Gettysburg following the war, until his death in 1895.
His speeches to Congress during his service as a representative show his passion and duty to the nation, and his fierce devotion to President Lincoln. He very brazenly criticized his Southern contemporaries in South Carolina for leading the secession movement, which he calls “wicked and diabolical” and “hateful and despicable” (The Disunion Conspiracy, January 1 1861). He warned of the cancerous collusion of those involved in the secession movement, and, just four months before the first shots were fired at Fort Sumter, proclaimed in the marble halls of Washington, “If all peaceful accommodation be refused…collision must come, let it come and on the aggressors rest the responsibility.” (The Disunion Conspiracy, January 1, 1861)
The name McPherson also lives on in the namesake of the first and bloodiest battle of Gettysburg, on McPherson’s ridge. The battle began at about 8 am on the morning of July 1st 1863 and lasted until mid morning. McPherson’s ridge saw blood soaked fields and the horror of brutal casualties with some estimates of around 2000 men either dead or badly wounded. This site is just a mile west of Gettysburg center and was inherited by McPherson from his forefathers. At the time of battle, McPherson was renting the farm to tenants, who were evacuated before the battle. The Confederates greatly outnumbered the Yankees (3200 to about 7000) and the Union forces faced a terrible defeat. The Confederacy took over McPherson’s stone barn as a field hospital. Today, McPherson’s barn still stands as one of the few original structures on the battlefields.
Edward McPherson’s postbellum home in Gettysburg was sold to the Gettysburg College within the last five years, as many of his remaining descendants have migrated throughout the country. Many of Edward McPherson’s personal and political papers live in several vaults in the Library of Congress in DC.
These pieces in collection at Bohemians represent only a partial showcase of the McPherson estate. They represent a fascinating and horrific time in our nation’s history, and their survival is a testament to this nation’s long and difficult struggle to remain true to its founding principles and Constitution. This piece is special for its connection to a heroic man, an intellectual and a Congressman, and it is a gift for future generations, lest we forget the lessons of our onerous path as a nation.
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