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Hall Stand

1977.484 (RS116697)

Description

Rectangular base with zinc-lined bottom for umbrellas; surmounted by four turned corner posts connected by stretchers; back consists of lyre-shaped open flat support with ten turned pegs ascending from back of base; knob finials on corner posts.

Details

Maker
unknown
Date
1845-1870
Location of origin
New England
Associated Building
Original to Sayward-Wheeler House (York Harbor, Me.).
Material
mahogany (wood)
zinc
Object type
Furniture
Places
Possibly New England (United States) [general region]
Descriptive terms
coatracks
Hallstand
Lyre
lyres
Mahogany
mahogany (wood)
zinc
Zinc
Dimensions
72.75 x 31.125 (HxW) (inches)
Accession Number
1977.484
Credit Line
Gift of the heirs of Elizabeth Cheever Wheeler
GUSN
4230

Comments

coat rack #

AvatarPosted by Steven J. Adolphson on November 29, 2012
More accurately named / described, this is actually
a hat rack and umbrella stand. The turned wood "pins" will support hats and caps, but just aren't sturdy enough to support heavy wool broadcloth garments. The umbrella (s) would be leaned up against the rectangular frame below, a "drip pan," below to capture the settling moisture. Date it c.1845-1870.

"coat rack" #

AvatarPosted by Nancy Carlisle on November 30, 2012
Hello Steven. Thank you for your comment. Historic New England's collections have been catalogued over thirty years by dozens of staff and interns. Now that the data is available on line it is wonderful that people like you can help us improve the information about our objects. I agree with you that this is not a coat rack. I have always known these objects as hall stands. I think your dates are more accurate than the broader range we had. The corrections will be made to the database and will appear online tomorrow. Thank you again.

Nancy Carlisle, Senior Curator of Collections