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Culture:American
Title:dressing table
Date Made:ca. 1815
Type:Furniture
Materials:wood: cherry
Place Made:United States
Measurements:overall: 34 1/2 in x 31 3/8 in x 19 in; 87.63 cm x 79.6925 cm x 48.26 cm
Accession Number:  HD 2009.36.2
Credit Line:Museum Collections Fund
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Description:
Federal dressing table with a rectangular top, two drawers with wood knobs, and turned legs. According to a handwirtten list of family objects in the file by Elizabeth Hawks Wells (1845-1938), the wife of George Merritt Wells (1839-1883) of Deerfield: "p. 22. The bedstead - bureau & dressing table in K's room were the furnishings of my grandmother Grandmother Smead ... in the Old Brick house in Shelburne where she went as a bride in 1814. Katharine [Wells] netted the test that adorns the bedstead in 1928- or 1929." Elizabeth Hawks (1799-1858), the daughter of Zadock Hawks (1731-1821) of Deerfield, became the second wife of Elihu Smead (1765-1840) of Shelburne in 1814. The daughter of George Merritt Wells (1839-1883) and Elizabeth Hawks Wells (1845-1938) of Main St., Deerfield, Katharine Wells (1875-1958) married Richard Ingersoll Wilby (1880-1920) in 1908. This table came from the Viola Wilby estate.

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