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Object Name: Writing desk
Date: 1830-1850
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Medium: Wood, mahogany, brass, leather, glass, gilding
Dimensions: Overall: 7 x 18 x 10 1/4 in. ( 17.8 x 45.7 x 26 cm )
Place made: Europe, England, London
Description: Mahogany writing desk with brass hardware and red stamped and gilded writing surface; pair of glass ink bottles, and drawer that slides open after pin is removed from left side.
Credit Line: Gift of Adelaide Milton de Groot
Object Number: 1940.57
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Marks: stamped: on lock: "PATENT E. MORDAN & CO. LONDON"

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According to accession records, this writing desk belonged to the Hawley family. It may have been used by Charles Hawley (1792-1866), grandfather of the donor. Charles Hawley was a member of the Connecticut state legislature from 1838 to 1842, as well as lieutenant governor.