William Ramsay's Desk

This desk, known as a “secretary”, has an attached two-shelf bookcase. Made entirely out of dark wood this piece boasts myriad compartments and drawers to house the many financial records and books of its owner, William Ramsay, a merchant and shopkeeper. The desk is embellished with intricate carvings and is ornamented at its topmost point with a finial.
Object Name
desk, slant front
overall, lock: 5/8 in x 2 5/8 in x 2 in; 1.5875 cm x 6.6675 cm x 5.08 cm
overall, hinges, each: 1/4 in x 1 3/4 in x 1 3/8 in; .635 cm x 4.445 cm x 3.4925 cm
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Cultures & Communities
American Enterprise
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Home and Community Life: Domestic Life
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Sewer, Andy; Allison, David; Liebhold, Peter; Davis, Nancy; Franz, Kathleen G.. American Enterprise: A History of Business in America
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