Secretary and bookcase
- Possibly made in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States; Possibly made in Baltimore, Maryland, United States
- Mahogany, satinwood, ebony with white pine, cedar
- 89 1/2 x 42 x 24 1/2 in. (227.3 x 106.7 x 62.2 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Gift of the Members of the Committee of the Bertha King Benkard Memorial Fund, 1946
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The combined desk and bookcase, with a fitted secretary drawer, the front of which drops down to provide a writing surface, offered an efficient means of conducting correspondence, managing household accounts, and storing a family’s books. Because they were a symbol of education and literacy, secretary bookcases were sometimes located in public rooms such as parlors or entry halls, where they could be on full display for visitors.