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William Ramsay's Desk and Bookcase

William Ramsay's Desk and Bookcase

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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.
Currently not on view (furniture ornament)
Currently not on view (hardware)
Object Name
Slant-Front Desk and Bookcase
date made
1770s or earlier
place made
United Kingdom: Scotland, Edinburgh
place used
United States: Virginia, Alexandria
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
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
The Heirs of William and Dennis Ramsay
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Cultures & Communities
Domestic Furnishings
American Enterprise
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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