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Pole screen

2010.3.1.1 (RS102236)

Description

Pole screen. Mahogany, brass. From the John Hancock House. Curved tripod legs, pad feet, brass screen fittings.

Details

Label
Centennial Acquisitions Exhibiton, October 22nd-23rd, 30th-31st, 2010: In 1863, when the John Hancock House was demolished, Hancock’s descendants gave some of their family’s furnishings to friends as mementoes. This pole screen, originally used to protect people’s faces from the heat of a fireplace, was one such piece. Historic New England’s founder, William Sumner Appleton, described the demolition of the Hancock House as "a classic in the annals of vandalism."
Maker
unknown
Date
ca. 1770
Associated Building
Original To John Hancock House (Boston, Mass.).
Object type
Furniture
Places
Beacon Hill (Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]
Massachusetts (United States)
Possibly England (United Kingdom) [country]
Descriptive terms
carpentry
Federal
pole screens
Screen, Pole
People and organizations
Bourgeault, Ronald, Mr.
Hancock, John, 1737-1793
Dimensions
53 1/4 x 14 3/4 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
2010.3.1.1
Credit Line
Gift of Ronald Bourgeault
GUSN
222524
Related Items
Title Handwritten history Accession number 2010.3.1.2 Relationship Accompanying letter with handwritten history of object.

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