by Margaret McAvoy
She’s a beauty.
The Studley Tool Chest, c. 1890, measures 40″ x 40″ x 9″ when hanging on wall, opened. Housing approximately 300 tools, each fitting snugly into it’s own cavity, with several areas that swing out to reveal up to three layers of tools, it illustrates, quite remarkably, “a place for everything, and everything in it’s place” . The chest is made of mahogany, rosewood, walnut, ebony, and mother-of-pearl, likely all from scrap material available at the Poole Piano Company in Quincy, Massachusetts, where Mr. Studley was employed. This chest is now in a private collection.