Several of the pencil inscriptions on the chest of drawers made by William Beakes III are faint and have wear associated with drawer bottoms running over drawer dividers. A question about a latin phrase in the last post prompted me to post images of that phrase and one other made with infrared photography. Wood is typically rendered lighter than it is in visible light and graphite and dark inks rendered darker. Infrared photography has been extremely helpful in our ability to read faint inscriptions on historic furniture. Perhaps these images will help readers of the blog to interpret the inscriptions.
The next installment on the chest will be posted shortly and I plan to discuss the provenance of the chest in a t5hird post. Family members continued to inscribe the bottom boards of the two short drawers in the top tier of the chest for 250 years after its creation reminding us that furniture is never just furniture.