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Place Made:
Baltimore Maryland United States of America
Date Made:
mahogany –maple –yellow pine
HOA: 21 1/4; WOA: 16 7/8; DOA: 9 1/4
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: Cabinet containing glass doors with geometrical shaped lights; curved apron with star inlay on central drop and splayed French feet; interior features a set of drawers and pigeon holes.

This piece was probably ordered by the householder to use with a table, thus for desk use where additional space was required for storage of writing materials. Although small, it should not be called a miniature.

All four interior drawers are signed on the bottom, “Anna L. Burgess/Orange, Va.” The inscriptions refers to one of the cabinet’s former owners, Anna Lapsley (Taylor) Burgess (1866-1954), whose husband William Wallace Burgess (1841-1913) was born in present-day Howard County, Maryland, and moved to Virginia after attending the University of Virginia Law School and his marriage into the Taylor family of Orange County. The cabinet probably descended in the Burgess or Dorsey families of Anne Arundel and Howard counties in Maryland.
Credit Line:
MESDA Purchase Fund