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Collection: Historic House
Date: 1915-1917
Classification: Musical T&E

The walnut console is basically a rectangular cabinet with three flat sides having recessed panels and the fourth side holding the tiered organ keyboards flanked by arrays of toggle switches.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1915-1917
Classification: Musical T&E

The walnut console is basically a rectangular cabinet with three flat sides having recessed panels and the fourth side holding the tiered organ keyboards flanked by arrays of toggle switches.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1918
Classification: Temperature Control Equipment

Each one of this pair of massive silvered andirons of inverted baluster form with bold gadrooning is supported on two legs curled inward displaying low-relief Renaissance strap work ornament and sitting atop wide, boldly gadrooned and slightly domed feet.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Temperature Control Equipment

These large elaborate neo-classical andirons of wrought iron and silvered and gilded metal each feature a large covered cup-shaped urn with everted and gadrooned rim raised on square plinths that are flanked by gilded griffins. The urns are covered with vertical leafy ornaments.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Temperature Control Equipment

This pair of brass and wrought-iron andirons each feature a crowned spread eagle facing outward, holding a shield in its talons with the Latin motto NEC SPE NEC METU (neither in hope nor in fear), and standing on a sphere.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

This barrel-back chair with out-scrolled arms has walnut cabriole front legs with shell-carved knees and pad feet. The shells end in ram’s horns at the top that demarcate the “ears” at the top of the front legs. Bellflowers descend from the shells.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

This is a large walnut chair in the Jacobean style with open arms, elaborately turned stretchers, and tapestry upholstery. The top rail of the tall chair back is shaped with high oval arch flanked by two squared ears.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1918
Classification: Furniture

The Chippendale-style arm chair with cabriole front legs is upholstered in red leather over the rail. The walnut front legs terminate in booted pad feet and have shells with pendant bellflowers at the knees flanked by deep scrolls. The back pad feet curve gently backward.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

One of a pair of decoratively carved beech wood armchairs (fauteuils) that has been painted ivory with green striping.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

This barrel-back chair with out-scrolled arms has walnut cabriole front legs with shell-carved knees and pad feet. The shells end in ram’s horns at the top that demarcate the “ears” at the top of the front legs. Bellflowers descend from the shells.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

This walnut Jacobean open-arm chair with upholstered seat and back has squared and curved front legs ending in hoof feet with gadrooned collars. The front knees are carved with bellflowers flanked by foliate carving ending in rosettes. The back cabriole legs end in plain pad feet.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

One of a pair of Jacobean-style walnut open armchairs with barley-twist legs, stretchers and arm supports, the latter terminating in figures of crouched lions, and rectangular backs and seats upholstered in wool gros-point tapestry worked in polychrome and gold and trimmed with polychrome wool-...

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

One of a pair of walnut William and Mary-style open armchairs with turned legs, stretchers and arm supports and seats and backs upholstered in floral gros-point wool tapestry.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

This is a large walnut chair in the Jacobean style with open arms, elaborately turned stretchers, and tapestry upholstery. The top rail of the tall chair back is shaped with high oval arch flanked by two squared ears.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1916-1917
Classification: Furniture

One of a pair of mahogany barrel-back chairs with open arms and backs filled with caning and brown leather cushions on seat and arms were used in Mr. Reynolds' office at Reynolda House.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

This walnut Jacobean open-arm chair with upholstered seat and back has squared and curved front legs ending in hoof feet with gadrooned collars. The front knees are carved with bellflowers flanked by foliate carving ending in rosettes. The back cabriole legs end in plain pad feet.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

One of a pair of Jacobean-style walnut open armchairs with barley-twist legs, stretchers and arm supports, the latter terminating in figures of crouched lions, and rectangular backs and seats upholstered in wool gros-point tapestry worked in polychrome threads on a gold ground and trimmed with...

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1918
Classification: Furniture

The walnut open armchair in the Jacobean style has baluster-and-block turned legs and stretchers, and curved arms.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Household Accessories

A gilded metal rectangular holder for a box of wooden matches has a repoussé satyr mask on each of the two solid sides.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917-1918
Classification: Furniture

The six-legged walnut bench in the William and Mary style with cut-velvet upholstery has carved inverted balusters for legs and six Spanish feet (curled inward at bottom). The legs are tied together underneath with a complicated arrangement of molded stretchers.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

This William and Mary style long bench with needlepoint tapestry upholstery is distinguished by six block and trumpet-turned legs ending in whorl-carved feet and joined by two pairs of curved x-stretchers let into the blocks. The pairs of stretchers are joined by turned finials.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

This William and Mary style long bench with needlepoint tapestry upholstery is distinguished by six block and trumpet-turned legs ending in whorl-carved feet and joined by two pairs of curved x-stretchers let into the blocks. The pairs of stretchers are joined by turned finials.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 19th Century
Classification: Household Accessories

One of a pair of large round wooden boxes covered in cinnabar lacquer.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 19th Century
Classification: Household Accessories

One of a pair of large round wooden boxes covered in cinnabar lacquer.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

The William and Mary style round table has four walnut trumpet-turned legs with bun feet joined by serpentine stretchers.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

The William and Mary-style walnut center table has a round top with molded edge and inlay of burl walnut and other woods, shaped veneered skirt with applied molded edge, trumpet-turned legs with bun feet, and shaped stretchers between the legs.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Lighting Equipment

The Reception Room's large chandelier is suspended from the second floor ceiling.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917-1918
Classification: Household Accessories

The rectangular gilt-brass box with hinged cover is decorated in relief on the top with a male figure dressed in Roman battle gear riding a lion, holding a banner, and followed by another male figure walking and throwing a spear, all against a background of twisted columns enclosing Mannerist...

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Household Accessories

The rectangular box with hinged cover is covered with gilded brass. The cover has a heavily molded brass frame of lambrequins and beading that encloses a decorative panel of ivory (or pseudo-ivory).

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1930
Artist/Maker: Hobson Lafayette Pittman
Classification: Prints

Hobson Pittman began to work with linocut and woodcut prints about 1930, just prior to assuming a teaching position as Director of Art at the Friends Central Country Day School near Philadelphia in 1931. Linocuts were common in classrooms as an easy and inexpensive printmaking process.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1920
Classification: Food Service T&E

The silver compote, which is one of a pair, is made up of a hemispherical bowl with a broad rim which is pierced and chased with neoclassical ornament, including patera, bellflowers, swags and bowknots, and acanthus leaves in diamonds.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1920
Classification: Food Service T&E

The silver compote, which is one of a pair, is made up of a hemispherical bowl with a broad rim which is pierced and chased with neoclassical ornament, including patera, bellflowers, swags and bowknots, and acanthus leaves in diamonds.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

This console table, one of a pair, was designed and executed in the style of Louis XVI. The top is painted in the center with a shaped oval black reserve containing a variety of polychrome flowers with green leaves, perhaps in imitation of Italian mosaic inlay.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1918
Classification: Furniture

The Elizabethan-style trapezoidal console table has four double-baluster turned legs terminating in small bun feet and united by deeply arched and ornamented skirts and heavy molded stretchers.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

This console table, one of a pair, was designed and executed in the style of Louis XVI. The top is painted in the center with a shaped oval black reserve containing a variety of polychrome flowers with green leaves, perhaps in imitation of Italian mosaic inlay.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Household Accessories

This tall metal vase of baluster form is covered in a coating of flawless royal-blue enamel.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Household Accessories

This tall metal vase of baluster form is covered in a coating of flawless royal-blue enamel.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Furniture

This demi-lune mahogany cabinet with neo-classical ornament has a black-and-white marble top. A short frieze below the top includes pairs of beaded circles enclosing ornaments resembling fleur-de-lis and alternating with narrow panels of patera.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Furniture

This demi-lune mahogany cabinet with neo-classical ornament has a black-and-white marble top. A short frieze below the top includes pairs of beaded circles enclosing ornaments resembling fleur-de-lis and alternating with narrow panels of patera.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

The Adamesque demi-lune console table has a black-painted and gilded wood base with four square tapered and fluted legs and a deep skirt having a low-relief frieze of gilded inter-twined diamonds and pointed ovals.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1915-1918
Classification: Furniture

The painted Adamesque (neoclassical) demi-lune table with reeded legs and skirt has a marquetry top.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1918
Classification: Furniture

The demi-lune table (or semi-circular table end) is of neo-classical shape overall with three tapered legs having recessed panels. The legs are capped with small rectangular panels in the plain skirt. Two stretchers curve inward from the back legs and meet at the leg in the middle.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917-1918
Classification: Furniture

This Louis XV-style parquetry desk is rectangular in overall shape with cut corners and square tapered legs canted to accentuate the cut corners. The top is inset with leather that has been tooled around the edge and framed by mahogany veneer with the grain radiating from the leather.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917-1918
Classification: Written Communication T&E

The inkstand (a) in neoclassical style consists of two glass liners inside two gilt-brass inkwells with hinged covers having flower finials.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 19th Century
Classification: Furniture

The Regency-style mahogany frame of this dining chair features a double-ogee shaped back filled with upholstery over fluted legs tapering slightly through two reels to plain feet.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 19th Century
Classification: Furniture

The Regency-style mahogany frame of this dining chair features a double-ogee shaped back filled with upholstery over fluted legs tapering slightly through two reels to plain feet.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 19th Century
Classification: Furniture

The Regency-style mahogany frame of this dining chair features a double-ogee shaped back filled with upholstery over fluted legs tapering slightly through two reels to plain feet.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 19th Century
Classification: Furniture

The Regency-style mahogany frame of this dining chair features a double-ogee shaped back filled with upholstery over fluted legs tapering slightly through two reels to plain feet.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 19th Century
Classification: Furniture

The Regency-style mahogany frame of this dining chair features a double-ogee shaped back filled with upholstery over fluted legs tapering slightly through two reels to plain feet.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 19th Century
Classification: Furniture

The Regency-style mahogany frame of this dining chair features a double-ogee shaped back filled with upholstery over fluted legs tapering slightly through two reels to plain feet.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 19th Century
Classification: Furniture

The Regency-style mahogany frame of this dining chair features a double-ogee shaped back filled with upholstery over fluted legs tapering slightly through two reels to plain feet.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 19th Century
Classification: Furniture

The Regency-style mahogany frame of this dining chair features a double-ogee shaped back filled with upholstery over fluted legs tapering slightly through two reels to plain feet.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 19th Century
Classification: Furniture

The Regency-style mahogany frame of this dining chair features a double-ogee shaped back filled with upholstery over fluted legs tapering slightly through two reels to plain feet.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 19th Century
Classification: Furniture

The Regency-style mahogany frame of this dining chair features a double-ogee shaped back filled with upholstery over fluted legs tapering slightly through two reels to plain feet.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 19th Century
Classification: Furniture

The Regency-style mahogany frame of this dining chair features a double-ogee shaped back filled with upholstery over fluted legs tapering slightly through two reels to plain feet.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 19th Century
Classification: Furniture

The Regency-style mahogany frame of this dining chair features a double-ogee shaped back filled with upholstery over fluted legs tapering slightly through two reels to plain feet.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 19th Century
Classification: Furniture

The Regency-style mahogany frame of this dining chair features a double-ogee shaped back filled with upholstery over fluted legs tapering slightly through two reels to plain feet.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 19th Century
Classification: Furniture

The Regency-style mahogany frame of this dining chair features a double-ogee shaped back filled with upholstery over fluted legs tapering slightly through two reels to plain feet.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 19th Century
Classification: Furniture

The Regency-style mahogany frame of this dining chair features a double-ogee shaped back filled with upholstery over fluted legs tapering slightly through two reels to plain feet.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 19th Century
Classification: Furniture

The Regency-style mahogany frame of this dining chair features a double-ogee shaped back filled with upholstery over fluted legs tapering slightly through two reels to plain feet.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Furniture

This rectangular mahogany table has rounded corners and a deep decorative skirt with framed rectangular panels having low-relief neo-classical ornament separated by ranges of stop-fluting.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

This delicate Queen Anne-style walnut side or end table is basically a box on four slim legs with slight cabriole shape ending in pad feet.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1916
Classification: Furniture

This small, decorative rectangular table with japanned landscape on top is painted in black, red and gold. The scene japanned on the black ground of the top shows Japanese women and three servants in a fenced enclosure having a table of food displayed on dishes.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1918
Classification: Temperature Control Equipment

The fireset consists of a stand with four tools. The stand for a fire set was made with an iron standard topped by a tall elaborately molded silver finial of inverted baluster form covered in acanthus leaves with a gadrooned silver knob at the top.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Temperature Control Equipment

This is a metal fireset comprising of six coordinating pieces. There are two wall hooks, a poker, a brush, a shovel, and a pair of tongs. Originally the set also had a matching firescreen—which is now gone.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Lighting Equipment

This wrought-iron floor lamp holds three electric bulbs at the top of a tall stanchion supported on a tripod base with double curved legs ending in curled feet.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1920-1930
Classification: Lighting Equipment

The tall wrought iron tri-pod base stands on three cast iron ball-and-claw feet that are connected by wide curved legs to a “cage” supporting small scrolls and three cast-iron eagle’s heads.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1913-1923
Classification: Lighting Equipment

The cast-iron electric floor lamp made by Oscar B. Bach has a base pierced with masks and scrolls and a long rope-twisted standard with a four-part pierced and scrolled ornament in the middle. A crown-like ornament pierced with shields and scrolls is attached just below the candle light.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Household Accessories

The folding screen consists of four identical panels with embossed and painted leather on their obverses and plain painted leather on their reverses all attached to wooden frames with domed upholstery tacks and hinged together.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

The Queen Anne-style long rectangular foot stool has a walnut frame showing four short cabriole legs, with scroll-carved knees, ending in scrolled feet. The tapestry upholstery covers the stool over its rails and is attached to them with large brass hobnail tacks.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Lighting Equipment

This five-light girandole (a branched lighting device), made of gilded metal, has five brackets branching from a single tapered shaft that rises from a circular base with beaded ornament and terminates at the top in a large hollow cut glass finial that slips over the shaft.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Lighting Equipment

This five-light girandole (a branched lighting device), made of gilded metal, has five brackets branching from a single tapered shaft that rises from a circular base with beaded ornament and terminates at the top in a large hollow cut glass finial that slips over the shaft.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1918
Classification: Furniture

The hexagonal table in the William-and-Mary style has a top made of six inset wedge-shaped panels enclosed by six bread-board sides with molded edges.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Household Accessories

The rectangular box with hinged cover is covered in red velvet. Pierced and gilded brass plates cover the top and four sides with a gilt-brass guilloche band around the outside edge of the cover.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1915
Classification: Furniture

This Jacobean-style oak cupboard on stand (the maker called it a “hutch”) consists of a two-door cabinet supported on an open base of five legs. The plain top has a molded edge. Each of the doors has three raised panels with molded frames, two small over one long.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1918
Classification: Written Communication T&E

The massive inkwell on stand in the Renaissance style was made in four parts: square gilt-brass stand with recess (a) for the cube-shaped glass inkwell (b), enclosed by a removable filigree sheath (c), and having a small square cover (d) with three wood nymphs seated on a disc-shaped plinth...

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1700
Classification: Household Accessories

One of a pair of bulbous porcelain covered jars painted overall in underglaze blue with hawthorn or prunus blossoms on a cracked-ice background. This painted floral decoration has been popular for more than three hundred years on Chinese and Japanese porcelain.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1400-1699
Classification: Household Accessories

Squat stoneware jar with floral decorations outlined in raised slip. The whole of 1922.2.98 is covered with a white slip coating that forms the base for bright turquoise, yellow, and aubergine (eggplant purple) glazes that further define the decorations.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1400-1699
Classification: Household Accessories

Squat stoneware jar with floral decorations outlined in raised slip. 1922.2.99 is covered with bright turquoise, yellow, and aubergine (eggplant purple) glazes that further define the decorations.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1700
Classification: Household Accessories

One of a pair of bulbous porcelain covered jars painted overall in underglaze blue with hawthorn or prunus blossoms on a cracked-ice background. This painted floral decoration has been popular for more than three hundred years on Chinese and Japanese porcelain.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1700
Classification: Household Accessories

The deep, bowl-shaped porcelain jardinière is held up by a tall, sturdy teakwood stand having five legs connected by two five-part braces.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 19th Century - early 20th Century
Classification: Household Accessories

The wide dish-shaped jardinière (a) has vertical sides rising slightly outward from a flat bottom and a narrow flat rim. The sides are painted in underglaze blue with tree peonies holding a dragon with diamond-diaper scales on one side and an exotic pheasant or peacock on the other.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1700
Classification: Household Accessories

The deep, bowl-shaped porcelain jardinière is held up by a tall, sturdy teakwood stand having five legs connected by two five-part braces.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1935
Artist/Maker: Vuk Vuchinich
Classification: Sculpture

The subject and style of this outdoor sculpture is neoclassical and in the Beaux Arts tradition of Vuk Vuchinich’s teachers Robert Aitken and Lee Oscar Lawrie. It resembles similarly posed statues from ancient times, which used the ruse of Venus bathing as an excuse to portray a nude woman.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

This Renaissance Revival walnut library table has a flat top with an elaborate molding around the sides and ends carved with an egg and dart pattern enclosing anthemions.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1918
Classification: Furniture

This long, rectangular table is supported by eight twist-turned legs topped with Corinthian capitals. The legs are supported on large square feet carved with anthemion. Six legs are at the table's ends (three each), while two support the middle.

Collection: Historic House
Date: Jar: 1925-1945 [Stand: Early 20th Century]
Classification: Household Accessories

The bulbous coarse stoneware jar (a) with domed cover (b) and prominent short neck and foot is covered with a bright green glossy glaze with flowing (flambé) character. The domed cover has a wide flange and large globular knob. The bottom, foot rim and inside of the cover are unglazed.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

The generous lounge chair, upholstered in blue silk damask, has a square back canted backwards slightly, out-rolled arms, square paneled tapered legs front legs with prominent collars above spade feet, and a single cushion. The square back legs are curved slightly backward.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

The Queen Anne style settee or love seat, upholstered in blue silk damask, has one long seat cushion, walnut legs, serpentine stretchers, a shaped back, and short out-curved arms. The back of the sofa curves gently outward.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Timekeeping T&E

The mantle clock is a large white marble disk with gilded Roman numerals displayed within finely beaded frames. The gilded filigree metal hands are attached to the interior clockworks through a central cast and gilded metal plate with foliate ornament revealing three faces.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1918
Classification: Timekeeping T&E

An Alps green marble (serpentine) clock face shaped as a disk and having Roman numerals and decorative minute and hour hands is presented by two gilt-bronze satyrs (in Roman style, rather than original Greek), the whole mounted on a rectangular green marble plinth raised on a molded gilt-bronze...

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1900-1910
Classification: Timekeeping T&E

This mantel set consists of three pieces: a Tiffany & Company clock and a pair of inlaid marble tazzas.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1920
Artist/Maker: Boris Bernhard Gordon
Classification: Paintings

This portrait by Boris Gordon depicts Mary Reynolds at about the age of twelve. She is shown from the waist up wearing a white dress. [1] Her brown hair is cut into a bob and curled at the ends, while a fringe of bangs falls across her forehead.

Collection: Historic House
Date: early 20th Century
Classification: Household Accessories

The so-called mineral tree is made from a variety of hard stones, such as pale-colored agate and jade, carved in the shapes of petals and leaves and wired to gilded branches with wire wrapped in red thread to simulate the appearance of a small tree "planted" in a rectangular cloisonné jardinière...

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1919
Artist/Maker: Boris Bernhard Gordon
Classification: Paintings

This posthumous portrait by Boris Gordon of tobacco magnate R.J. Reynolds (1850–1918) depicts him with his daughter Nancy (1910–1985). [1] While Nancy may have posed for the portrait, Gordon must have used a photograph of Reynolds, who had died the previous year, in order to complete this work...

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1921
Artist/Maker: Boris Bernhard Gordon
Classification: Paintings

This portrait by Boris Gordon depicts Katharine Smith Reynolds (1880–1924) sitting in a tapestry chair. [1] Her body is turned away from the picture plane, but she regards the viewer with a pleasant and engaged expression.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1920
Artist/Maker: Boris Bernhard Gordon
Classification: Paintings

This portrait by Boris Gordon depicts Katharine Smith Reynolds (1880–1924), widow of the tobacco magnate R.J. Reynolds, and her daughter Mary (1908–1953). [1] Katharine is seated in a purple chair holding a large peacock feather fan.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

This upright walnut cabinet made in the William & Mary style features narrow shelves to hold boxes containing music rolls for the Aeolian organ.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1920
Artist/Maker: Boris Bernhard Gordon
Classification: Paintings

This portrait by Boris Gordon depicts Nancy Jane Cox Reynolds (1825–1903), the mother of tobacco magnate R.J. Reynolds. [1] Against a plain brown backdrop, she wears an austere black dress, white lacy collar, and decorative brooch. Her expression is serious and unsmiling.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1920s
Classification: Furniture

A nest of three occasional tables decorated in the Chinese taste (chinoiserie) are painted red with touches of gilt, the tops decorated with lacquer scenes in the style of Chinese export furniture.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1916-1917
Classification: Furniture

One of a pair of mahogany barrel-back chairs with open arms and backs filled with caning and brown leather cushions on seat and arms were used in Mr. Reynolds' office at Reynolda House.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

The walnut open armchair with wool needlepoint upholstery on seat and back has four cabriole legs ending in pad feet with carved ornament on the front knees and c-scrolls carved on the sides of the front knees. Brass tacks with large heads outline the shape of the chair seat and back.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

The walnut open armchair with wool needlepoint upholstery on seat and back has four cabriole legs ending in pad feet with carved ornament on the front knees and c-scrolls carved on the sides of the front knees. Brass tacks with large heads outline the shape of the chair seat and back.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1900
Classification: Household Accessories

The surface of the tall baluster form of this Chinese porcelain jar is decorated completely with a complicated pattern of exotic birds and tree peonies rendered in over-glaze polychrome enamels, including green, yellow, pink, and red with under-glaze blue branches.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1900
Classification: Household Accessories

The surface of the tall baluster form of this Chinese porcelain jar is decorated completely with a complicated pattern of exotic birds and tree peonies rendered in over-glaze polychrome enamels, including green, yellow, pink, and red with under-glaze blue branches.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1918
Classification: Written Communication T&E

The rectangular gilt-brass pen tray in the Renaissance style, made en suite with the large inkwell (1922.2.180), is supported on four small ball feet. The tray is decorated with filigree plates attached with small pins.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1891-1914
Classification: Clothing

Known as a Pickelhaube (spiked helmet) and made of hardened leather and brass (or aluminiumbronze), the helmet has a bulbous shape with short front visor and long curved neck guard (allied troops called them “lobster tails” during World War I).

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1890
Classification: Household Accessories

The buff earthenware pitcher rises from a bulbous bottom through a gently waisted form to a long trumpet-shaped neck and opening with spout.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1885-1900
Classification: Household Accessories

The tall wrought iron plant stand has a flat top with a tall lip shaped as a series of lambrequins. The straight standard is attached to the top with c-shaped strap brackets having large curls at the top.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1909
Classification: Food Service T&E

The neoclassical punch cup has a bulbous body with everted rim prominent foot and c-scrolled handle. The repoussé decoration of several different flowers around the body echoes the ornament on the rest of the punch set.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1909
Classification: Food Service T&E

This fifteen piece punch set was presented to Mrs. Reynolds by Mr. Reynolds on the occasion of their fourth wedding anniversary in 1909 as noted by the inscriptions on the bottom of the punch bowl and plateau.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917-1918
Classification: Furniture

This Louis XV-style parquetry table, made en suite with Mrs. Reynolds’s desk, is round in overall shape with four square tapered legs.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Furniture

This three-panel folding screen is covered on one side with woven polychrome wool tapestry in the style of medieval tapestries. The frame of each panel rises gently in the center top and is straight at the bottom.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Furniture

This three-panel folding screen is covered on one side with woven polychrome wool tapestry in the style of medieval tapestries. The frame of each panel rises gently in the center top and is straight at the bottom, but raised slightly from the floor.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1910-1920
Classification: Furniture

The small lady’s secretary, with mahogany veneer and marquetry, has two doors on top that open to reveal a small cabinet, a leather-covered slide that pulls out with two small brass handles, and two doors below with brass screen that open to reveal a cabinet with one shelf in the middle.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

This Chippendale-revival upholstered wing settee with single cushion has four walnut cabriole legs with foliate knees and scrolled feet. The gadroon-carved front stretcher has a framed rosette in the center flanked by two scrolls. Exposed gadrooned walnut rails continue around the settee.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

This Chippendale-revival upholstered wing settee with single cushion has four walnut cabriole legs with foliate knees and scrolled feet. The gadroon-carved front stretcher has a framed rosette in the center flanked by two scrolls. Exposed gadrooned walnut rails continue around the settee.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1918
Classification: Furniture

The side chair with caned seat is of neo-classical shape overall with tapered legs having recessed panels capped with small rectangular panels at the ends of the plain front skirt. The paneled stiles curve backward, terminating in a wide, plain out-curved crest rail.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

This oak side chair, or Farthingale chair, in the Jacobean-revival style with upholstered seat and back has shallow spiral-turned legs and styles with boxed stretchers showing a low-relief diamond-diaper pattern scored into the outside.

Collection: Historic House
Date: early 20th Century
Classification: Furniture

Despite the aged appearance of these two farthingale chairs, they are likely revival pieces rather than Jacobean. The chair frames seem to be made of walnut, which was not a favored wood in the 16th century. The straight stiles are plain above the seat and sausage turned below.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

Walnut side chair in the William and Mary style with a slight curve to the back and crest rails carved with Prince of Wales feathers over a pendant shell, the whole enclosed by scrolls. The molded shoulders curve downward into the stiles that terminate in legs that curve backward.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

This oak side chair, or Farthingale chair, in the Jacobean-revival style with upholstered seat and back has shallow spiral-turned legs and styles with boxed stretchers showing a low-relief diamond-diaper pattern scored into the outside.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

This oak side chair, or Farthingale chair, in the Jacobean-revival style with upholstered seat and back has shallow spiral-turned legs and styles with boxed stretchers showing a low-relief diamond-diaper pattern scored into the outside.

Collection: Historic House
Date: early 20th Century
Classification: Furniture

Despite the aged appearance of these two farthingale chairs, they are likely revival pieces rather than Jacobean. The chair frames seem to be made of walnut, which was not a favored wood in the 16th century. The straight stiles are plain above the seat and sausage turned below.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

Walnut side chair in the William and Mary style with a slight curve to the back and crest rails carved with Prince of Wales feathers over a pendant shell, the whole enclosed by scrolls. The molded shoulders curve downward into the stiles that terminate in legs that curve backward.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

This oak side chair, or Farthingale chair, in the Jacobean-revival style with upholstered seat and back has shallow spiral-turned legs and styles with boxed stretchers showing a low-relief diamond-diaper pattern scored into the outside.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

This oak side chair, or Farthingale chair, in the Jacobean-revival style with upholstered seat and back has shallow spiral-turned legs and styles with boxed stretchers showing a low-relief diamond-diaper pattern scored into the outside.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Furniture

This long rectangular mahogany table has a black-and-white marble top and a deep decorative skirt with framed rectangular panels having low-relief neo-classical ornaments separated by ranges of stop-fluting. The sides of the skirt are entirely stop-fluted panels.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Furniture

This long rectangular mahogany table has a black-and-white marble top and a deep decorative skirt with framed rectangular panels having low-relief neo-classical ornaments separated by ranges of stop-fluting. The sides of the skirt are entirely stop-fluted panels.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Lighting Equipment

This three-arm electric sconce of silvered metal consists of three scroll arms supporting flaring candle cups over wide dish-shaped bobeches (or wax catchers) that hold three candle lights with replaced clip-on parchment shades.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Lighting Equipment

This three-arm electric sconce of silvered metal consists of three scroll arms supporting flaring candle cups over wide dish-shaped bobeches (or wax catchers) that hold three candle lights with replaced clip-on parchment shades.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1930-1940
Classification: Household Accessories

The kylix-shaped [1] ash bowl of this smoking stand is held atop a tall rope-twist standard on a round gently-sloping stand. The bail-shaped handle is topped with the figure of a dancing satyr flanked on the bowl by cigarette rests borne on stylized Archaic horses heads.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1930-1940
Classification: Household Accessories

The kylix-shaped [1] ash bowl of this smoking stand is held atop a tall rope-twist standard on a round gently-sloping stand.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917-1920
Classification: Household Accessories

Carved and turned wooden smoking stand with an elaborately turned and carved standard rising from a carved tri-pod base with ball-and-claw feet and supporting a small dish-shaped cup to receive a glass ash holder.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

This triple-back Jacobean-style sofa with wings has turned walnut legs and stretchers as well as tapestry upholstery. The front legs and stretchers all around are turned in a series of rings, sausages, and slight trumpet turnings. The back legs are squared.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1916-1917
Classification: Furniture

This large long sofa, one of a pair, has front feet carved to resemble recumbent lions, each on a gadrooned plinth, deep rolled arms, and a deeply tufted seat with a low tight back. Five large loose cushions reduce the depth of the seat. The back wooden feet are square.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917-1918
Classification: Furniture

The Hepplewhite-style sofa has gently out-curved arms and back and wooden legs with carved and painted stop flutes over ball feet. The skirt is ornamented at the bottom with a row of closely spaced brass hobnails.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

The long, low, rectangular couch, upholstered in blue silk damask, has four Jacobean-style segmented wooden bun feet (with casters), out-rolled back and arms, and three cushions.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1916-1917
Classification: Furniture

This large long sofa, one of a pair, has front feet carved to resemble recumbent lions, each on a gadrooned plinth, deep rolled arms, and a deeply tufted seat with a low tight back. Five large loose cushions reduce the depth of the seat. The back wooden feet are square.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

This triple-back Jacobean-style sofa with wings has turned walnut legs and stretchers as well as tapestry upholstery. The front legs and stretchers all around are turned in a series of rings, sausages, and slight trumpet turnings. The back legs are squared.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1930
Artist/Maker: Hobson Lafayette Pittman
Classification: Prints

Hobson Pittman began to work with linocut and woodcut prints about 1930, just prior to assuming a teaching position as Director of Art at the Friends Central Country Day School near Philadelphia in 1931. Linocuts were common in classrooms as an easy and inexpensive printmaking process.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1918
Classification: Furniture

The William-and-Mary-style stool is from a suite of benches and stools (1922.22.207-213) covered with tapestries displaying pastoral landscapes and scenes of peasants at various pursuits.

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1918
Classification: Furniture

The rectangular oak stool in the William-and-Mary style has elaborate trumpet and baluster turnings on the legs and stretchers with blocks where the stretchers are let in. The stool is newly re-covered with medium green velvet.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Furniture

The center table, designed in the style of Roman classicism, has a thick round marble top with molded edge supported on an elaborate iron (steel) and brass base.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Lighting Equipment

Wrought iron two-light columnar lamp base with tripod arched foot. Each foot ends in a dragon head and the arches enclose the flower of a thistle, highlighted with red and green enamel. The straight squared shaft is decorated with incised vines and berries highlighted with green and red enamel...

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 1918
Classification: Lighting Equipment

The pedestal of this double-baluster three-light pewter table lamp rises from a square base supported on four lion’s paw feet. Each side of the base is decorated with a different pseudo-armorial shield in relief (several borne by supporters) highlighted with colored enamels.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Lighting Equipment

Wrought iron two-light columnar lamp base with tripod arched foot. Each foot ends in a dragon head and the arches enclose the flower of a thistle, highlighted with red and green enamel. The straight squared shaft is decorated with incised vines and berries highlighted with green and red enamel...

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1918
Classification: Lighting Equipment

The pedestal of this double-baluster three-light pewter table lamp rises from a square base supported on four lion’s paw feet. Each side of the base is decorated with a different pseudo-armorial shield in relief (several borne by supporters) highlighted with colored enamels.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917-1918
Classification: Lighting Equipment

The square baluster-shaped metal lamp base with cut corners has recessed decoration on two sides of an urn of flowers on a black enamel ground in imitation of Coromandel lacquer. The flowers are filled with red, blue, and green enamels.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917-1918
Classification: Furniture

The walnut and tapestry three-panel, two-fold screen is carved at the top and bottom of the frame and filled on one side with bird-and-flower tapestries in the style of Louis XIV.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Lighting Equipment

One of six matching torch standards of bronze and gilt bronze that light the subsidiary entrances to the Reception Room. The standard is twisted, gradually increasing in circumference from the base to the scrolled and gilded acanthus leaves that support the electric fixture at the top.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Lighting Equipment

One of six matching torch standards of bronze and gilt bronze that light the subsidiary entrances to the Reception Room. The standard is twisted, gradually increasing in circumference from the base to the scrolled and gilded acanthus leaves that support the electric fixture at the top.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Lighting Equipment

One of six matching torch standards of bronze and gilt bronze that light the subsidiary entrances to the Reception Room. The standard is twisted, gradually increasing in circumference from the base to the scrolled and gilded acanthus leaves that support the electric fixture at the top.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Lighting Equipment

One of six matching torch standards of bronze and gilt bronze that light the subsidiary entrances to the Reception Room. The standard is twisted, gradually increasing in circumference from the base to the scrolled and gilded acanthus leaves that support the electric fixture at the top.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Lighting Equipment

One of six matching torch standards of bronze and gilt bronze that light the subsidiary entrances to the Reception Room. The standard is twisted, gradually increasing in circumference from the base to the scrolled and gilded acanthus leaves that support the electric fixture at the top.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Lighting Equipment

One of six matching torch standards of bronze and gilt bronze that light the subsidiary entrances to the Reception Room. The standard is twisted, gradually increasing in circumference from the base to the scrolled and gilded acanthus leaves that support the electric fixture at the top.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Lighting Equipment

One of six matching torch standards of bronze and gilt bronze that light the subsidiary entrances to the Reception Room. The standard is twisted, gradually increasing in circumference from the base to the scrolled and gilded acanthus leaves that support the electric fixture at the top.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Lighting Equipment

One of a pair of wrought iron sconces made en suite with the Reception Room's large chandelier and flanking the front entrance to the room. A central gilded urn of polychrome flowers is surrounded by leafy gilded and black-painted scrolls joined by red straps.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Lighting Equipment

One of a pair of wrought iron sconces made en suite with the Reception Room's large chandelier and flanking the front entrance to the room. A central gilded urn of polychrome flowers is surrounded by leafy gilded and black-painted scrolls joined by red straps.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917-1918
Classification: Furniture

This Louis XV-style two-tier occasional table, made en suite with Mrs. Reynolds’s desk, is round in overall shape with a cube parquetry surface on the bottom tier and marble surface at the top. Both are surrounded by a pierced gilt-brass gallery of ovals alternating with small circles....

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Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1917
Classification: Furniture

The Queen Anne-style rectangular piano bench has a walnut frame showing four cabriole legs with carved kneeds, flanked by leafy volutes, and ending in large tapered square feet. A shell and scroll ornament, dropping below the straight skirt, is centered on each side.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1916
Classification: Household Accessories

This round baluster form vase with prominent shoulder and tall neck tapers toward the base. It is covered overall with a brilliant red-orange lustre glaze developed by William Howson Taylor (1876-1935). Together with his father, artist and educator Edward Richard Taylor (1835-1911), W.H.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1910
Classification: Household Accessories

This bulbous free-blown blue glass vase with a prominent rounded foot has an overall a bluish iridescent color under gold iridescence with a brown leafy vine trailing around the sides.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1910
Classification: Household Accessories

A vase of white glass has been free-blown in an inverted pear shape and covered with areas of white (at top) and blue (around bottom half) iridescence.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1910
Classification: Household Accessories

Inverted baluster-shaped blue glass free-blown vase with overall blue iridescence with white leaf and vine motif organized vertically around vase. The use of iridescence reflects Tiffany's aesthetic desires to create something new based on the appearance of excavated ancient glass.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Household Accessories

This round vase with prominent shoulder and tall neck tapers toward the base where its foot flares sharply outward. It is covered overall with a brilliant yellow lustre glaze developed by William Howson Taylor (1876-1935).

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1909
Classification: Household Accessories

This baluster-shaped free-blown glass vase graduates from pale yellow at top to medium blue at bottom and is covered with medium-green iridescence and a silvery vine and leaf motif circling the vase from top to bottom.

Collection: Historic House
Date: 1916
Classification: Household Accessories

This round vase with prominent shoulder and tall neck tapers toward the base where its foot flares sharply outward. It is covered overall with a brilliant red-orange lustre glaze developed by William Howson Taylor (1876-1935).

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1700
Classification: Household Accessories

One of a pair of baluster-form porcelain vases painted in polychrome enamels (this palette of colors is called famille verte because of the predominance of green) with Chinese female figures accompanying carts pulled by stags, one yellow and one red-orange, set in a wooded landscape with...

Collection: Historic House
Date: circa 1700
Classification: Household Accessories

One of a pair of baluster-form porcelain vases painted in polychrome enamels (this palette of colors is called famille verte because of the predominance of green) with Chinese female figures accompanying carts pulled by stags, one yellow and one red-orange, set in a wooded landscape with...

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Lighting Equipment

The gilded metal three-light sconce is composed of three scrolled arms ending in open horizontal blossom-shaped bobeches supporting turned metal candle cups. The three electrified candle lights are covered with plain silk clip-on reproduction shades.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Lighting Equipment

The gilded metal three-light sconce is composed of three scrolled arms ending in open horizontal blossom-shaped bobeches supporting turned metal candle cups. The three electrified candle lights are covered with plain silk clip-on reproduction shades.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Lighting Equipment

The gilded metal three-light sconce is composed of three scrolled arms ending in open horizontal blossom-shaped bobeches supporting turned metal candle cups. The three electrified candle lights are covered with plain silk clip-on reproduction shades.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Lighting Equipment

The gilded metal three-light sconce is composed of three scrolled arms ending in open horizontal blossom-shaped bobeches supporting turned metal candle cups. The three electrified candle lights are covered with plain silk clip-on reproduction shades.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Lighting Equipment

The gilded metal three-light sconce is composed of three scrolled arms ending in open horizontal blossom-shaped bobeches supporting turned metal candle cups. The three electrified candle lights are covered with plain silk clip-on reproduction shades.

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Collection: Historic House
Date: 1917
Classification: Lighting Equipment

The gilded metal three-light sconce is composed of three scrolled arms ending in open horizontal blossom-shaped bobeches supporting turned metal candle cups. The three electrified candle lights are covered with plain silk clip-on reproduction shades.

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