William Ramsay's Desk and Bookcase

Description:

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.

Date Made: 1770s or earlier

Location: Currently not on view (hardware)Currently not on view (furniture ornament)

Place Made: United Kingdom: Scotland, EdinburghPlace Used: United States: Virginia, Alexandria

Subject: Furniture

Subject:

See more items in: Home and Community Life: Domestic Life, Cultures & Communities, Work, American Enterprise, Domestic Furnishings

Exhibition: American Enterprise

Exhibition Location: National Museum of American History

Related Publication: Sewer, Andy; Allison, David; Liebhold, Peter; Davis, Nancy; Franz, Kathleen G.. American Enterprise: A History of Business in America

Credit Line: The Heirs of William and Dennis Ramsay

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: DL.62.0549Catalog Number: 62.0549Accession Number: 220760

Object Name: Slant-Front Desk and Bookcasedesk

Measurements: overall, lock: 5/8 in x 2 5/8 in x 2 in; 1.5875 cm x 6.6675 cm x 5.08 cmoverall, 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

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a1-0967-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_308117

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