Revisited Myth #7: Some pieces of furniture were built with doors that had thirteen panes of glass to represent the original thirteen states of the United States.

Chippendale 13 panes

While some objects were designed to represent the thirteen original states, such as the American flag and the dollar bill, glass paned doors like the one above are probably not another example. Some pieces of furniture made in England in the Chinese style do have glass-paned doors with thirteen panes, but they certainly weren’t celebrating America’s independence. The furniture design book of Thomas Chippendale, which was published in England 23 years before the American Revolution, shows case pieces with doors that have thirteen panes of glass, like this one:


It’s a nice story but one totally unsupported by fact.


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