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Created: c. 1810
Origin/Purchase: Monticello Joinery
Materials: mahogany and pine
Dimensions: 77.5 x 92.7 x 50.8 (30 1/2 x 36 1/2 x 20 in.)
Location: North Octagonal Room
Accession Number: 1947-4
Historical Notes: This very modest and unadorned desk is said to have been a gift for William A. Burwell, the younger man who served as Jefferson's secretary for the later part of his first term as president. The desk, attributed to the Monticello joinery, has straight, tapering legs, and two hinged surfaces. The first hinged surface exposes a writing surface with a scratch-beaded edge, and the second reveals an area for storage.
- Text from Stein, Worlds, 291.