Secretary

Collection Type

  • Furniture

Date

1800-1825

GUSN

GUSN-223456

Description

Serpentine front mahogany butler's secretary with cabinet top and four drawer bottom. The upper cabinet has a central urn finial, flanked by two floral headed figures on its pediment. There are three interior shelves. The bottom section has four serpentine front drawers. The top drawer has a fold down front lined with green baise. The top drawer also contains nine small cubbyholes and eight small drawers. There are four bracket feet. The central portion of the upper doors and top lower drawer have a figured mahogany veneer outlined by a narrow molding. All the original drawer pulls have been replaced by simple wooden knobs. Both the upper and lower sections have a brass handle on each side.

Details

Descriptive Terms

secretaries (furniture)
mahogany (wood)
brass (alloy)
veneering
Secretary

Associated Building

Original to Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Additional Identification Number

P711
FD049

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Salem, Massachusetts

Dimensions

88 x 43 9/16 x 25 8/16 (HxWxD) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.1134

Places

Possibly Massachusetts (United States)
Possibly Salem (Essex county, Massachusetts)