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Miniature Dutch Kas, Elting-Beekman Shop, Kingston, New York, circa 1730 1/12th scale (height 6 1/2" ), made in solid Walnut of the finest grain.
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Kasten were the most important pieces of furniture in the 18th Century Dutch homes. This award-winning miniature Dutch Kas is a recreation of an original made in the Elting-Beekman shop, Kingston, New York circa 1730. Kingston was one of the major Dutch Settlements in the Hudson Valley. This miniature Dutch Kas is selected as one of the 34 finialists in a special juried exhibition at the Museum of Connecticut Historical Society.
Dutch Kasten have two main features, Porminent crown mouldings and prodigious bun feet.
The Kas doors work on pin hinges. The left door is kept close by a little eye/hook. The right door has a working wood latch.
The miniature Dutch Kas has bold panel doors, flanked by decorative panels of same design.
This photo shows the construction of paneled doors held with mortise and tenon joints. Note the latch on the door.
The miniature Dutch Kas consists of three parts, the case, the drawer section.and the crown moulding.
Dutch Kasten have side-hung drawers. This photo shows the precise dovetail joints in the case and drawers.
Phots shows the dovetail joints of drawer & the groove for bottom panel of drawer.
Photo shows dovetail construction of the case that houses the drawer.
'Kas' can also be spelt 'Kaas'. Its plural is 'Kasten' or 'Kasen'. The kasten were used to store precious linen or valuables. Furniture of similar design were made in different countries. In England, it is called 'Wardrobe'; in France 'Armoire'; in Germany 'Schrank'.
The shelves of the miniature Dutch Kas are attached to the sides with tongue and groove joints. The drawer section is jointed with dovetails.
The miniature Dutch Kas is made of solid Walnut as primary wood and pine as secondary wood as the origian Kas. Both woods used are of the finest grain.
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