"Desks: Droplid Secretary 53B"

Collection Type

  • Photography


1880-1973, undated



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Photo album titled: "Desks: Droplid Secretary 53B." Title, subtitle, and volume number are hand printed in black on spine. The hand printed word "French" is scratched through on spine. Album has a beige fabric covering and 68 dark gray pages, some of which are now loose. Twelve of the pages are blank. Album contains one loose and 57 mounted black-and-white photographs. Photographs are of a variety of drop lid secretaries and desks manufactured by A. H. Davenport Co., Irving and Casson, and their successor, Irving and Casson - A. H. Davenport Co. The order number and year are often shown on a display in the photographs; model numbers are also present in some cases. Customer names are handwritten on some album pages. Named customers include: Bethlehem Shipbuilding Corp. (Quincy, MA); E. K. Davis (Marstons Mills, MA): A. L. Loomis (Tuxedo Park, NY); and Florence Pooler (Stoneham, MA). Digital images of a selection of photographs from the album are attached to this record.


Descriptive Terms

secretaries (furniture)
slant-front desks
fall-front desks
case furniture
photograph albums
black-and-white photographs

Additional Identification Number

Strong Museum number 101.53B

Physical Description

1 photo album containing 68 pages and 58 photographs (14 3/4 x 12 1/2 x 1 3/4 inches)

Collection Code


Collection Name

Irving and Casson - A. H. Davenport -- Collection I

Date of Acquisition


Reference Code


Acquisition Type

Museum Purchase


14 3/4 x 12 1/2 x 1 3/4 (HxWxD)(inches)

Record Details


Irving & Casson - A. H. Davenport Co. (Compiler)
A. H. Davenport Co. (American furniture manufactory, active late 19th-early 20th centuries) (Compiler)
Irving & Casson

Material Type

photograph albums
black-and-white photographs

Description Level