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What is a Pennsylvania blanket chest?

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A Pennsylvania blanket chest is a rectangular chest with a hinged lid that was popular in Pennsylvania homes in the 18th and 19th centuries. Pennsylvania blanket chests were used to store blankets, clothing and linens during a time when most homes lacked closets. The chests are now popular collectible items.

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Pennsylvania blanket chests were made popular by the Pennsylvania Dutch in the 18th century. The chests often featured drawers to help keep items organized. The chests were often painted and decorated with themes that were unique to certain Pennsylvanian counties, making it easier to identify the each chest's area of origin.

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