Object Record

  • Email This Page
  • Send Feedback
Object ID 1947.052.001
Object Name Secretary
Collection Furniture
Credit line Bequest of Miss Esther Fussell Byrnes
Date 1771
Made Caleb Byrnes
Makers mark Carved with "C B 1771"
Description Chippendale style walnut secretary with a slant -top that opens out to form a writing surface supported on two extension arms. The piece has a heavy rectangular base with scrolled bracket feet and four long drawers. The writing cabinet has eight small drawers, eight slots, and a centered small door carved with "CB 1771" behind which are two small drawers. The piece has dovetail construction and brass hardware.

Dimensions H-87.75 W-38 D-21 inches
Dimension Details total overall height with bookcase; depth with front closed (when open it is 35 1/4" deep).
Owned Byrnes family
Provenance Bequeathed to the Delaware Historical Society by Miss Esther Fussell Byrnes, the great-granddaughter of Caleb Byrnes.
Subjects Furniture
People Byrnes, Caleb
Search Terms Hale-Byrnes House
Caleb Byrnes
Room Read Bedroom
Material Pine; poplar; walnut; brass
Place of Origin Wilmington, DE