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dower chest

a Pennsylvania Dutch hope chest bearing the initials of the owner.
Origin of dower chest
First recorded in 1880-85 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • No bride of the old country has more pride in her dower chest than the mountain bride in her pile of quilts.


    Marie D. Webster
  • It and her ebony chairs, her claw-footed tables, her harp and dower chest, had come with her from France.

    Old Kaskaskia Mary Hartwell Catherwood
  • If there is one piece of furniture above another that is surrounded with a halo of romance, surely it is the dower chest!

    Chats on Household Curios Fred W. Burgess

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