Rare Elijah Galusha Bedroom Furniture Photos
Elijah Galusha Bedroom furniture photos are not exactly commonplace and up until I visited the Rensselaer Historical Society in Troy, NY, I had never seen any, period. The following rare photographs are from a labeled dresser taken in 1970. The third image captures construction details and measurements of the piece by the director of an auction house where it was sold. I think the scale of the woman on the left of image two is a bit misleading due to the perspective and vantage point of the photograph. The measurements state that the dresser is approximately 8 feet tall.
The last image is a collage of what I feel are key design elements that can aid in identifying Elijah Galusha furniture from the Renaissance Revival period. Realize, however, that this is a sampling from a single piece of furniture, albeit one is better than having none.
I do not recall seeing instance of palmettes as one sees on these escutcheons in American furniture construction to say that this would have been made in the 1850s or earlier. He retired in 1870 and died in 1871, so this piece was probably from the 1860s.
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