A rather tall and elegant dresser with decorative shield panels. This dresser has spent time in Murtoa, Western Victoria. Inside is an inscription 'C. Hempel Murtoa 2/8 1889' on the inside right of the dresser base. A quick search online can find a number of C Hempels living in Murtoa around this date. A gravestone at Murtoa Cemetary exists for a C. A. Hempel 1817-1910. We believe this dresser was the property of the grave holder- Carl August Hempel. Who was a cabinet maker and the son of a founding member of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Victoria. The dresser may have been built in Australia or it immigrated to Australia with the Hempels.
The surname Hempel has Polish, Dutch and German origins. The history could be fascinating if researched further.
Some parts of this dresser have been replaced in a past life, and we note here that the original shield no longer exists on the left side. Past evidence of damage and repair also evident inside. In saying this, it is in excellent condition.
114 W x 49 D x 214 H
Base 100.5 H
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