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Soap Hollow Chest of Drawers

Somerset County, Pennsylvania, 1871. Cherry, poplar, and pine; the original red and black painted finish with decorations in polychrome and gilt, as well as five hand painted blossoms on the front (one on the skirt, center; and four in the corners of the stiles). Inlaid escutcheons, iron locks, and original porcelain pulls. Stenciled: "MANUFACTURED BY JOHN SALA" and attributed to his sons John M. Sala and Joseph Sala.

Ht. 57 1/2", W. 39 1/2", D. 21"


Made for Lydia Custer (1853-1925)       at eighteen years of age, for the           occasion of her marriage (1872) to     Jonathan Yoder.

Auction, May 29, 1989, near                       Harrisionville, PA; consigned by the     Custer family.

Morgan Anderson Americana

Joseph and Janet Shein, Merion, PA

Olde Hope Antiques

Pook and Pook, Americana and                 Internation, October 7, 2017.


Pictured: Muller, Charles R., Soap Hollow, the Furniture and its Makers, pg. 74, and listed in the appendix pg. 88.