Traveling secretary that belonged to John James Audubon
Mahogany, brass, textile
Desk: 6 x 21 3/8 x 10 1/2 in. (15.2 x 54.3 x 26.7 cm)
Rectangular wooden writing desk with brass key, consisting of a flat, hinged lid and rosette mounts with bail handle on each side; one handle functions as pull for additional drawer that stretches full length of desk; desk opens to reveal slanted writing surface covered in green felt, leading up to set of four compartments of various sizes (formed by pieces of wood slotted together) at highest end of open desk, with one compartment also divided into two by addition of tray; also contains white feather; each end of writing surface can be folded back to reveal spaces underneath. Owned by John James Audubon.
According to accession records, this writing desk was used by John James Audubon (1785-1851). The desk came from the collection of Mrs. Margaret McCormack, granddaughter of John Woodhouse Audubon, the son of John James Audubon.
Gift of Mrs. Hilary Barratt-Brown, member of the Society in memory of her mother Gratia Houghton Rinehart
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