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Object Name Unit, Shelving
Common Name etagere
Catalog Number 1988.15.5
Maker Newkirk, Mr.
Date ca. 1860
Material(s) Black walnut
Dimensions H-56.5 W-32 D-12 inches
Description This is a black walnut etagere or what-not shelf. There are five shelves of increasing scale from top to bottom. They have a curved front and straight back. The piece has turned front legs and two (2) curved one-piece back braces that are mortised into the shelves and secured with screws. There are eight carved front braces secured to the shelves by glue and dowel rods. There are two turned finials on the top. The shelves have molded edges.
Notes Used by the donor's grandfather, Thomas Marion Stevens, born circa 1833. Steven and his wife, Missouri Yelton, settled on a log cabin on Plum Creek near Alexandria, KY. According to family tradition, the what-not was made by Mr. Newkirk, a neighbor on Plum Creek.
Collection Florence Sibert Collection
People Newkirk, Mr.
Subjects Furniture
Shelving
Decorations
Search Terms furniture
Physical Holder Kentucky Historical Society - KHS