Office Desk

Unidentified maker, New England, possibly Boston, Massachusetts, American, 19th century



Mahogany veneer, mahogany, pine, leather, and silver

Overall: 31 1/2 × 61 1/2 × 33 1/4 in. (80 × 156.2 × 84.5 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth: Gift of Justin H. Smith, Class of 1877



Place Made: United States, North America


19th century

Object Name

Furniture: Storage

Research Area

Decorative Arts

Not on view


Engraved, on silver plaque, tacked to front center of desk: THE DESK USED BY/ DANIEL WEBSTER/ IN HIS LAW OFFICE/ AT THE CORNER OF TREMONT & COURT STREETS/ BOSTON/ GIVEN TO DARTMOUTH COLLEGE/ BY JUSTIN H. SMITH OF THE CLASS OF 1877/ STERLING; illegible brand, on bottom right of center drawer: ___oiacl_c__/ No 31 & 32 CORN__IV [possibly J]

Publication History

Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Hanover, N.H. October 1991 (Advertisement for reproduction of this desk crafted by Dana Robes)


Daniel Webster, 1852; Justin H. Smith; given to present collection, 1906.

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