Desk and Bookcase
Primary wood is walnut with poplar and yellow pine used as secondary woods. Bookcase door (right) has replaced (?) cut down brass escutcheon.
Purchased by the donor’s grandmother at an antique store; consulted with Frank Horton who (according to tradition) considered this desk and bookcase to be one of the finest Moravian Desks he had seen.
An early price list (ca. 1790?) lists the price of a “Bookcase Arched” as 4 pounds 18 shillings (wages 1 pound 10 shillings) and a “Bookcase Plain” as 4 pounds [illegible] shillings (wages 1 pound 4 shillings). The price of a “Desk–polished” is listed as 10 pounds 16 shillings ( wages 4 pounds 8 shillings) and the price of a “Desk–plain” is 10 pounds (wages 4 pounds). Price list is acc. # 4421.