A complex crown molded cornice with a torus molded narrow drawer (hidden)for lace above four graduated long drawers with 'herring-bone' cross banded burled panels over a double waist molding above three square drawers over a flattened arch apron and "acorn" turned dropped finials and raised on cabriole legs and pad feet. 77 inches high, 39 1/2 inches wide, and 20 inches deep.
The façade has an oval brass (SEE PICTURE BELOW) tag engraved with the letter E over R * M and the date 1781. The highboy was a wedding gift for Robert Endicott and Mary Holt who married at Second Church in Danvers, Massachusetts. It has been suggested by Brock Jobe that this high chest was 'used' furniture at the time of the Endicott marriage. I believe, in terms of the 'herring bone' borders and burled panels, the broad waist molding as well as the hidden drawer stylistically dates the piece to +/- 1730.
The Endicotts relocated to Beverly, MA where they had five children. The youngest, William, was born in 1799 and became a pillar of the community living until 1899! Replaced brasses, drops, and knee returns. Stained maple case sides and legs.