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William Ramsay's Desk and Bookcase

William Ramsay's Desk and Bookcase

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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.
Location
Currently not on view (furniture ornament)
Currently not on view (hardware)
Object Name
Slant-Front Desk and Bookcase
desk
date made
1770s or earlier
place made
United Kingdom: Scotland, Edinburgh
place used
United States: Virginia, Alexandria
Measurements
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
DL.62.0549
catalog number
62.0549
accession number
220760
Credit Line
The Heirs of William and Dennis Ramsay
subject
Furniture
Virginia
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Cultural and Community Life: Domestic Life
Work
Cultures & Communities
Domestic Furnishings
American Enterprise
Exhibition
American Enterprise
Exhibition Location
National Museum of American History
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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