Knagy, Jacob – American Cabinetmaker – Pennsylvania

A paint-decorated chest of drawers by Jacob Knagy (Gnagy), Somerset County, Pennsylvania, dated 1867

p4A ItemID E8881961
A paint-decorated blanket chest with stenciled designs, western Pennsylvania, northern Indiana, or southern Michigan, dated 1855

p4A ItemID E8881960
A poplar stand attributed to Jacob Knagy, Pennsylvania, with one drawer and turned legs, poplar in original red flame graining

p4A ItemID E8856075
Rare Somerset County, Pennsylvania, painted poplar blanket chest, ca. 1850, attributed to Jacob Knagy

p4A ItemID E8844303

Jacob Knagy (1796-1883)

Jacob Knagy was a cabinetmaker in Meyersdale, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, about 30 miles south of the Soap Hollow region, which surrounds Davidsville. Although many spelling variations of his name are known and his gravestone reads “Jacob Gnagy,” during his lifetime he spelled his name with a “K.” Knagy furniture is sometimes misidentified and marketed as Soap Hollow, yet they represent distinctly different schools of work and regions of origin. Knagy furniture is often plainer or simpler in form and decoration as opposed to Soap Hollow. Knagy did not use cut-out scrolled backboards or shaped aprons and often did not graduate the drawers on high chests.

Information courtesy of Merle & Dale Mishler & Associates


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