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From Jobe, Portsmouth Furniture, pp. 171-174: "one of three closely related examples from Portsmouth. All correspond in overall design, desk interior plan and inlay pattern on the prospect door and frieze. Though none retain definitive Portsmouth histories, they share numerous details with the documented work of Langley Boardman and probably originated in his shop....This secretary retains nearly all of its original structural elements, hardware, and finish...The stamped hardware...bears the mark of its maker, Thomas Hands and William Jenkins of Birminham. The firm exported significant quantities of brass to America, and several examples of their work remain on Portsmouth furniture."
Attributed to Boardman, Langley, 1774-1833 (Cabinetmaker)
Gift fo Virginia L. Hodge and Katharine D. Parry
New Hampshire (United States)
Portsmouth (Rockingham county, New Hampshire)