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COTTAGE DRESSER

Dresser

Dressers are open-shelved storage units with a few drawers. They were common in much of Britain and Ireland, but seemed to have survived longer in Wales than elsewhere.

The typical Cardiganshire dresser has three drawers and open pot board at the bottom.

dresser

Dressers were efficient ways of storing china, and they also showed off the possessions of the family. It is also said that the bright colours and shiny surfaces of the jugs in particular reflected the fire and candle light, thus brightening the room.

Dressers were often very well made pieces of furniture. They were often made for a particular family who would take it with them wherever they went and pass it on down the family. Sometimes the dresser was too big to fit in a small room, so either the beams were cut down slightly, as in this case, or some of the dresser was cut off to make it fit.

There is no known reason why there were normally so many jugs on these dressers. Some may have been presents, mementos of visits to other places or an annual purchase from the local fair.

Vincentelli, M., 'Welsh Dressers and Ceramic Display' Planet, the Welsh Internationalist, 100, August/September 1993 , 32-37

Vincentelli, M., 'The Welsh Dresser: A Case Study' http://www.uwic.ac.uk/ICRC/issue001/welsh/welsh.htm

Vincentelli, M. 'Artefact and Identity: The Welsh Dresser as Domestic Display and Cultural Symbol', in Our Sister's Land: The Changing Identity of Women in Wales, edited by J.Aaron, S. Betts, T. Rees, and M. Vincentelli, Cardiff, University of Wales Press, 1994, pp. 228-241.

DRESSER DISPLAY

CORNER DRESSER

DRESSER

DRESSER JUGS

DAIRY DRESSER