Kneehole desk, ca. 1755
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Mahogany, tulip (wood), white pine, and brass hardware; H. 41 3/4 in. (106.0 cm), max. W. (at feet) 41 1/2 in. (105.4 cm), max. D. (at feet) 22 in. (55.9 cm), writing surface H. 30 1/4 in. (76.8 cm)
Independence National Historical Park (Philadelphia, Pa.), 1962.10.26
The Philadelphia Chippendale kneehole desk that may have descended in Franklin's family is a notable survivor. With multiple compartments and hidden storage areas, it could accommodate quantities of documents. Terms of Use Credits