18th Century Blanket Chest at Daniel Boone Homestead

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Although its maker and country of origin have been obscured by the passage of time, one fact is clear: a decorated blanket chest, dated 1785, at the Daniel Boone Homestead, near Birdsboro, Berks County, is a highly important example of eighteenth-century rural Pennsylvania German furniture. The blanket chest was a hallmark of early Pennsylvania Germans, who used it for storage, unlike the English who preferred chests of drawers. The historic site, the birthplace of legendary frontiersman Daniel Boone (1734-1820), offers visitors a glimpse of the way of life of pioneering settlers of the Oley Valley of southeastern Pennsylvania.