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Object ID 1943.033.017
Object Name Furniture, Dollhouse
Collection Dollhouses
Credit line Gift of Mrs. Thomas Starr King & Mrs. E.W. Jackson
Date 1864
Description Miniature chest of drawers for the McComb dollhouse. The squat, rectangular chest has a white marble top and four drawers with flattened silver flower pulls. Each drawer front is accented with gold paint at the edges. The drawers are flanked by turned column supports on bun feet at the front (the rear legs are blocks).
Dimensions H-3.125 W-4.625 D-2.375 inches
Owned Henry S. McComb
Provenance This item is part of the original furniture that went with the McComb dollhouse, so called after its original owner, Wilmingtonian Henry S. McComb (1825-1881), who acquired it at the Philadelphia Sanitary Fair which took place in June 1864. McComb brought the dollhouse back to Wilmington and installed it on the third floor of his home at 11th and Market Streets. Upon his death the house passed to his daughter Nellie McComb Winchester and then to her daughters, Mrs. Thomas Starr King and Mrs. E.W. Jackson, who donated it to the Society in 1943.
Subjects Dollhouses
Search Terms McComb Dollhouse
Civil War
Philadelphia Sanitary Fair
Nineteenth Century
Dollhouse Furniture
Chest of Drawers
Material Wood; marble top
Place of Origin Philadelphia, PA
Event Philadelphia Sanitary Fair, 1864