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  APPLE GREEN JELLY CUPBOARD, SHENANDOAH VALLEY, VIRGINIA, 1840-1870:
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APPLE GREEN JELLY CUPBOARD, SHENANDOAH VALLEY, VIRGINIA, 1840-1870:

Shenandoah Valley, Virginia preserve cupboard with great form and a beautiful, apple green painted surface with attractive wear. The crude construction is typical of Valley furniture, with high, bootjack feet and cast hinges applied to the face rather than mortised. The plank wood is yellow pine throughout. There are wooden spinners to hold the doors shut and knobs constructed of a wooden spool. The triple half-moon cutouts that form the back splash are probably not original to the cupboard. The wood is original, as the splash is an extension of the vertical backboards, but the scalloping was probably added at some point in the history of the cupboard, maybe following damage to the original splash, which was probably squared off. The current design is visually appealing, however, and has become part of its history. Country furniture of the Shenandoah Valley that dates to the mid-19th century, with attractive paint, is very scarce, primarily because the contents of so many structures in this area were burned during the Civil War (1861-65). So surviving examples of this time period, made either before, during, or slightly after the war during reconstruction, are coveted by collectors.

Condition: Minor losses. See above for further details.
   
Primary Color: Green
Earliest Date: 1840
Latest Date: 1870
For Sale Status: Sold
Price SOLD
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