Jefferson Spirit Chest

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12-27-2016 05:45 PM

Last year, while looking for some ideas for our house, I ran across a page describing the Jefferson Spirit Chest. After a bit more searching, I found a page about it on , and another that has a replica for sale.
But, the replica is no where close to the original.
After some more searching, I found a book on Google called “Thomas Jefferson on Wine” that had another image Actually, it was a worse image than the one on the Monticello page.

It looks like it is a basic box with corners that are just mitered together with iron corners for protection. It also appears that the top and bottom are just nailed on to the case and supported with more iron straps.

I can get the dimensions and a basic description on the Monticello pages, but I am wondering if anyone would have any better pictures or details.


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#1 posted 01-10-2017 12:09 AM

Interesting, I once spent an afternoon photographing the inside of the HMS Nonsuch at it’s museum and got a lot of ideas for different joinery. It may be worth a trip to see the chest in person; unless it is real far away:-)

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#2 posted 01-11-2017 03:02 AM

Unfortunately, it is about 1000 miles away. I have always wanted to visit as there are a couple of other items I would like to recreate. Maybe next summer.

I have already built a set of book cases based on the design of Jefferson’s.

I was hoping someone may have visited and had better pictures.

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#3 posted 01-11-2017 03:17 AM

I’ve been to Monticello many times (don’t remember this chest). You can take a virtual tour and see it on the floor.

That POV is what it’s like if you go. You won’t be able to get anywhere near it to look at it up close. An idea: send a note to LJ Charles Neil, who Monticello asked to make some reproduction items to sell in their shop. Maybe he could give you the name of someone there who could give you info. on it. Heck, maybe Charles knows something about it.

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