The ‘EK’ Hadley Chest: A Collection Spotlight

Artist unknown (American) Hadley Chest Oak, pine and paint, ca. 1700

This collection spotlight features an iconic piece of early 18th-century Massachusetts furniture, the Museum’s “EK” Hadley chest. This examination of the object explores the design and construction that defines this furniture tradition, the provenance of the Museum’s example, and the significance of these objects that were commissioned for young Western Massachusetts women.   "The “EK” chest collection spotlight is part of the statewide celebration of Massachusetts furniture. For more information, please visit: