Book press or bookcase, 1750 -1790
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According to its owner, it was acquired from "Lieberman, the cabinetmaker." The files of Independence National Historical Park contain correspondence from a donor named Margaret Conklin concerning two bookcases, one of which she was offering to buy for the restoration at Franklin Court. A line in one letter suggests that Lieberman knew of a connection to a Franklin descendant.
The mate to this book press, owned at Independence National Historical Park, is marked in chalk, "In the Hold." It also bears the name "C [?] Bradford, West Chester / Pa". Recent (6/2006) correspondence with a descendant of Polly Stevenson Hewson suggests that the bookcases may have passed through the Hewson family. A descendant of Polly's (generation unknown) was William Stevenson Caldwell Bradford, named for David Caldwell who married Polly's daughter. Terms of Use Credits