"DIMINUTIVE PERIOD SOUTHERN SECRETARY" (ca. 1830)
Attributed to the Carolinas. The proportions and condition of this piece are exceptional. Approximate dimensions: 86 ¾ inches (total height), 38 ½ inches (case width), 18 inches (case depth).
Primary woods: Cherry, walnut (writing surface); Secondary wood: Southern Pine. Old finish, probably first or second, no indication of sanding. Exterior drawer pulls may be old replacements; however, difficult to make accurate determination; interior pulls and other brass all original; all original thirteen panes of glass in each door; bone or ivory inlay around key holes appears to be original. Close examination reveals old script in pencil in at least two interior drawers -Center small upper interior drawer: "Estate Money “ Nov 19th 1852. Left lower interior drawer: "23 January 1857 Snow, very cold, "March 12, 1866 I fear consumption has taken hold on me W.E.M., "6 Sept 79 “ G. Stewart here.Closer examination might reveal more notes on the interior of the piece.