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Portable desk

1985.385A-C (RS118694)

Description

"A. Coffin/ 1823" engraved on brass plate on top. A) Rectangular writing desk; exterior veneered in burled wood; mahogany interior. Brass bound on all edges. Interior contains folding writing surface, a row of drawers, and a row of lidded compartments. Hand written label found w/ the piece reads: "Sea writing desk of Capt. Abel Coffin, who sailed from Newburyport and Boston. Owned by great grandson Halland Coffin."

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1823
Inscriptions
See description.
Associated Building
Coffin House (Newbury, Mass.).
Material
brass (alloy)
mahogany (wood)
Object type
Written Communication T&E
Descriptive terms
Brass
brass (alloy)
DESK, PORTABLE
desks
Mahogany
mahogany (wood)
portable desks
Dimensions
7.75 x 11.75 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1985.385A-C
Credit Line
Gift of Margaret E.C. Merriam in memory of her mother Elizabeth Low Coffin Colman
GUSN
25279

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