Baluster from Somerindike house
Overall: 29 3/4 x 1 7/8 x 1 7/8 in. ( 75.6 x 4.8 x 4.8 cm )
hand written: in ink on paper affixed to lower surface: "Part of staircase of the house/ (torn down in 1867)/ in which Louis /Phillipe taught school/ N [?] L.Stone (?)"
Single wooden baluster from the Somerindyke house in New York, where the French monarch Louis Philippe taught school while in exile; paper with inscription affixed to lower surface.
The Somerindyke house, occuped by Hessians during the American Revolution, was located on Broadway just north of 75th Street. During the 1790s, Louis Philippe, king of France from 1830 to 1848, taught school there for a short time while in exile during the Napoleonic regime.
Gift of Silas H. Paine, 1910
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