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Slant-front desk


Object number

RIF153

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Unknown

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); white pine (backboards, and bottom blocks for the feet); yellow poplar (drawer sides)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"X," incised, on exterior of exterior drawer backs

Style

Chippendale

Provenance

Benjamin Attmore Hewitt (1921–2006), New Haven, Connecticut, and Wakefield, Rhode Island, before 1990

Associated names

Benjamin Attmore Hewitt

Construction

The two-piece vertical backboards are fasten with rosehead nails to rabbets in the top, sides, and bottom board. The one-piece bottom board is dovetailed to the case sides. Half-blind dovetails fasten the drawer dividers to the case sides. The drawer supports are fastened to the case sides with rosehead nails; some have been turned. Half-blind dovetails fasten the drawer fronts to the drawer sides; the drawer bottoms, which are replaced fit in a groove in the drawer front and are nailed to the drawer sides and back; runners are added at the side edges of the drawers. Large thick vertical blocks set at a forty-five degree angle and nailed to the bottom board reinforce the front feet. The rear feet have thick brackets angled on the inner faces and nailed to the underside of the bottom. Examined by P. E. Kane November 9, 2003.