Bottle Case or Liquor Case


Attributed to Joseph Freeman (American, 1772-1842), designer and maker




Walnut, yellow pine, light wood inlay


41 x 25 3/4 x 15 inches


Purchase with funds from the Fraser-Parker Foundation in memory of Virginia Campbell Courts, a loyal friend and benefactor of the Museum

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This bottle case, a uniquely Southern furniture form, has been identified as the work of early-nineteenth-century North Carolina cabinetmaker Joseph Freeman. A bottle case with a known attribution is extremely rare; Freeman is the only maker who can be identified. This example was made in two pieces: a locked, casket-like cabinet, where the bottles of liquor were stored, and a standing base. The cabinet could be stored in a cool basement and later displayed for use on social occasions. While most existing bottle cases are either combinations of two unrelated objects or show evidence of significant repairs, this example retains much of its original finish and is unaltered, save for the replacement of a missing drawer pull.