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In many elite houses of the 1700s, cupboards were built into rooms. William King probably used his skills as a cooper, or barrel-maker, to build the two large cabinets in the hall of his home. Later, house carpenters and cabinetmakers made freestanding cupboards for already existing houses. This cupboard was built in Bertie County around the same time as Mr. King's house. It also has a rounded or "barrel" back. It used to be painted blue, probably to match the color of its original home. Date approximated.
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