Attributed to the Elting-Beekman Shops,
Kingston, New York, early-18th century
Red gum and pine
Historic Huguenot Street Permanent Collection,
gift of Innis Young, 762.1
Although variations exist, the typical kast is a large, free-standing cupboard with two paneled doors surmounted by an over-scaled cornice. The cupboard sits on a base with a drawer and ball-shaped feet. There were probably a number of craftsmen making kasten in Ulster County. Two families of craftsmen that we know of in Kingston, NY were the Eltings and the Beekmans. This kast is one of the earliest examples attributed to their workshops.
This kast is reported to have connections to both the Hasbrouck and the Hardenberg families of Ulster County.