While researching the Newbury Short family cabinet makers I came across Gary Sullivan's blog post on the Pilgrim Chest featured on the Anderson Cooper show in 2011. Gary is overseeing my Short family project and while the earliest piece in that family is the wedding dresser below the Shorts were part of the 1635 Newbury Massachusetts settlers. Imagine the hidden treasure troves that have not yet been discovered. How many more items are out there?! Recently a gentlemen contacted me on a few pieces that he has in his possession that were in his family from the early Allen sea captain line in Massachusetts. Well will just wait and see.
Here is the Henry Short and Ann Longfellow Short wedding dressing box ca. 1694.
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