Identifier: Historic Hope Plantation
Planters stocked chests like this for the health needs of their families and enslaved workers. The lock and key indicates that the contents had to be monitored. This cabinet held bottles and packets of as many as sixty different ingredients used in making medicines--jalap, ipecac, magnesia, mercury, tinctures of peppermint and cinnamon, and others. The mahogany and fine finish shows that this box was intended to be decorative as well as functional. date: 1780-1820. more...