Large cedar and mixed wood chest handcrafted by a prisoner from the Huntsville Texas prison. This exceptionally large chest is decorated in the front with a pair of applied shaped panels, each with carved floral designs and framed by an applied sausage-turned molding. The same molding is also applied to each end with large wood handles in the center. The top with double tiers, each with rope-turned borders and the top with overall chip-carving, and the carved name VIOLA" in the center with carved vines with berries framing the name. Retains the original brass bail handles and lock in the front and brass hinges. Some repairs and wood loss around the outer edge of the chest lid (see bottom two images). Measures 49 inches wide by 25 inches deep and 26 inches tall to the top of the lid. Magnificent workmanship and first rate carving!
During our research, we found a few comparables most likely handcrafted by the same maker. The history states that these were made at the Huntsville Prison during or at the end of WWI and that Huntsville Prison held a number of both German and Japanese prisoners of war.
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