Maritime Sea Captain's Chest from the Sloop Atalanta, circa 1780
This exemplary American maritime chest bears the following inscription on the bottom of the center small drawer.
CAP (captain) Frie Luthill."
Below is a brief description of one of several Sloops that were named the Atalanta, all of which were British ships of War. What makes this particular Atalanta plausible is the corresponding period along with the fact that it was captured by the American Navy during the revolutionary war. This could possibly explain why there was an American-made chest aboard. It certainly begs further investigation and the story forms a part of American maritime history. Materials & techniques notes: Drawers and back boards are poplar, secondary wood of drawer faces is pine, secondary wood of sides is mahogany. Beautiful West Indies crotch mahogany veneers. Note the brass ball foot that would have been set into a small recess in the floor boards of the ship to keep the chest from moving.
WIDTH: 46¼ in | HEIGHT: 50¾ in | DEPTH: 20 in
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CONDITION: The over-all condition of the veneer is excellent and the finish is refreshed but original. All of the locks are original and working with (1) key. Burn mark on far back of top probably from a candle. Pulls were replaced.