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Ladies' Writing Desk

1966.368 (RS33329)

Description

Hand-crafted reproduction of a Federal style ladies' writing desk. Rectangular case enclosing one large drawer over two smaller drawers flanking arched knee hold. All drawers with dark stringing inlay. The top drawer inlaid to look like three separate drawers. Replaced brasses. Four square tapered legs terminating in square cup casters. Hinged fold-down writing surface covered with leather and supported by slide support. Case surmounted by tambour top with a sliding door on the lower half enclosing eight drawers with wood knobs and four pigeon-holes. Upper half is an open shelf flanked by side compartments with locked doors enclosing an interior serpentine panel; "pagoda" pediments.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1900-1930
Inscriptions
Branded on backboard in kneehole area: "T. ELWYN"
On small drawer in pencil: "Chas. B. Meder (?)"
Associated Building
Associated With Governor John Langdon House (Portsmouth, N.H.).
Material
inlay (process)
mahogany (wood)
pine (wood)
veneering
Object type
Furniture
Descriptive terms
Desk, Tambour
inlay (process)
ladies' desks
mahogany (wood)
pine (wood)
veneering
Dimensions
52 1/2 x 31 13/16 x 20 1/4 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1966.368
Credit Line
Bequest of Mrs. Woodbury (Elizabeth Elwyn) Langdon
GUSN
244290

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