Thursday, January 5, 2017

Postcard: Great old desk in Gloucester, Massachusetts

This never-used Plastichrome postcard features a wonderful wooden desk in what is described as the Beauport Museum in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Here's the full text from the back of the card:

Gloucester, Massachusetts
Society for the Preservation of
New England Antiquities

A ship's log recorded in the 1830's [sic] lies open on this desk in a quiet corner of the MARINER'S ROOM. Overlooking Gloucester Harbor, it houses a fine collection of various nautical items.
Photo by J. David Bohl

Rather than just Beauport Museum, this museum and landmark is now called, more specifically, the Sleeper-McCann House. It was once the home of interior decorator and collector Henry Davis Sleeper (1878-1934) and was later purchased and left intact by Mr. and Mrs. Charles McCann. According to Historic New England, "the interior and exterior of the house contain Sleeper’s lifetime collection of curiosities, colored glass, folk art, china, and silhouettes in every nook and alcove. Each of the forty rooms is distinguished by a historical or literary figure, theme, color, shape, or object."

Here is another image, from Historic New England, of the Mariner's Room and the desk, which is made of pine. You can see many pictures from the the Sleeper-McCann House at this link. Just scroll down to Browse Collection.

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