The sugar chest is sold. They are a rare bird because they were only made in Kentucky and Tennessee for a few decades at the start of the 19th century. Sweets and sugar were a rare commodity back then.
Sugar was the product of slave labor on the plantations and came in the form of cones.
Raw sugar from sugar cane was boiled and filtered a number of times and then poured into cone-shaped molds. Then sugar water was poured over the cone to remove the excess cane molasses. The sugar loaves were then removed from the molds and dried.
These chests were compartmentalized, usually holding sugar and alcohol under lock and key. The bottom drawer held the tools to snip the sugar off the cone. This one is making its way back to the south very soon!
I sent pictures to MESDA, the Museum for Southern Decorative Arts and the acting curator said that it was also from Tennessee, from the same time period. Not sure of the wood, perhaps walnut or tulip poplar.
No wonder I can not find another example anywhere! It stands a little over 12" tall. I have no idea what it might be worth.
While many if not most of my colleagues and cohorts have been only to ready to discard the past and move into the brave new modern world, I have been trying to move in the opposite or contrarian direction and flee back to the 18th century, time permitting.
I found this colonial revival rush seat settee in another estate. The previous owner is a direct descendent of Conrad Weiser, the founder of the Pennsylvania Dutch colony and she said that this was her great grandfather's. My client is 89 so it does have some age.
Will let you cry uncle and come back and hit you with more stuff later.