Oak DresserThe oak dresser depicted here dates to the early 18th century England. Its arched formation and serpentine outline on the sides reaches more than six feet. The earliest settlers coming to Virginia with indentured servants also exported certain supplies and furniture necessary for colonial cottages. While they availed themselves of natural materials found in the countryside, such as tree lumber used to build homes and barns and the berries from myrtle bushes used to make wax candles, they soon discovered that the cost of importing nails, glass windows and other implements was prohibitive. As barns and other buildings were dismantled, plank boards and nails were saved for future use.
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