“Filling Our Sales” Raffle

May 28, 2009

And the winners are…

Six Board Chest: Claire Betze • Freeport, ME

Schooner trip: Eleanor Goldberg • Portland, ME

Azure/James Place Inn: John Howard • Basalt, CO

Tom Ingersoll

Tom Ingersoll

Local restoration artisan Tom Ingersoll has painstakingly recreated a 19th century, wooden sea captain’s chest which is part of the Freeport Historical Society’s(FHS) collection. Ingersoll’s handcrafted replica of the Samuels Banks chest is a one-of-a-kind living piece of Freeport history. Every element of its creation, from the selection of wood to the wood grain painting reflects the 19th century traditions of fine handwork, according to FHS Executive Director, Christina White.

However, Ingersoll’s replica won’t be part of the Society’s collection; it is first prize in fund-raising raffle that will benefit the Society in celebration of its 40th anniversary.

Ingersoll, who owns the Six Board Chest Company in North Yarmouth, ME, created the Samuels Banks chest replica as a true “six board chest.” It is comprised of single wide pine boards, measures approximately 48″ long, 18″ deep and 16″ high, and inside is a lidded till box used for small-item storage. He finished the piece in a style of “country wood grain painting” that was interpreted from the original chest using period pigments and finishes.

Sea Chest

Sea Chest

Two other Maine artisans contributed to the piece including Tim Whitten, who owns Marlinespike in Stonington, hand wove the beckets (handles) attached to the chest by hand-shaped cleats. Freeport blacksmith David Burtt produced the two hand-crafted hinges using traditional techniques.

White says along with the First Prize chest is a beautiful taupe-colored mohair throw from Cuddledown in Freeport and a selection of books and maps from Freeport Historical Society.

The original Samuel Banks chest is on display as part of the Society’s current maritime exhibit on display at Harrington House. Ingersoll’s handcrafted replica, as well as other raffle prizes, may also be viewed there.

the Schooner American Eagle

the Schooner American Eagle

Second prize is a six-day cruise of the Maine coast for two about the 92′ Schooner American Eagle, a National Historic Landmark, which cruises from Rockland, ME . John Foss, formerly of South Freeport, is captain and owner.

Third prize is a five-course dinner for four, “Chef’s Table” at Freeport’s wonderful Azure Café. Included is a selection of fine wines from around the world and overnight accommodations at the James Place Inn in Freeport.

Tickets are $5.00 or five for $20.00 and are available at Freeport Historical Society and at its events. The drawing will take place at the organization’s Annual Meeting on May, 28 2009. For more information on the sea chest and the raffle, call us at 865.3170 or visit 45 Main Street.