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Gentleman's Secretary

Description

Federal secretary desk and bookcase. Top half comprised of three sections with a projecting center section. All three sections have glazed doors. Simple molded cornice with flat veneered frieze below. Base has cupboards flanking a center section of three drawers. Drawers have circular wooden pulls. Hinged top drawer folds open to a flat writing surface covered with green baize. Six turned feet, four in front and two in back.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1800-1820
Inscriptions
"Gov. Langdon Portsmouth, NH." (Chalk inscription)
"Repaired Jan. 1910 by C.P. Fernald, Portsmouth N.H." (Pencil inscription)
"Langdon" (Chalk inscription)
Location of origin
New Hampshire
Associated Building
Used At Governor John Langdon House (Portsmouth, N.H.).
Material
birch (wood)
mahogany (wood)
pine (wood)
Object type
Furniture; Storage & Display Furniture
Places
Probably Portsmouth (Rockingham county, New Hampshire)
Descriptive terms
birch (wood)
breakfront (shape)
Desk
Federal
mahogany (wood)
pine (wood)
secretaries (furniture)
Secretary
Dimensions
95 1/4 x 73 x 17 7/8 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1966.299
Credit Line
Bequest of Mrs. Woodbury Langdon
GUSN
320729

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