Mahogany, wood, brass, metal, textile
Desk: 9 x 20 3/8 x 12 1/4 in. (22.9 x 51.8 x 31.1 cm)
stamped: on escutcheon: "Patented"; maker's mark (?) of three paws written: on piece of paper found with object (also with some typewriting): "Gift of the Estate of Mary Davis Egan, through by Mrs. Josephine Warwick, 27-47 Crescent St/Astoria, L.I., N.Y.
Rectangular mahogany veneered writing desk with flat, hinged lid, borders on lid and front of desk, each defined by thin inlaid strip of metal with decorative fleur-de-lis motifs inside each corner, rounded edges bound in metal, metal handles flush with each side of desk, and round escutcheon; inside lid, cream damask accordion file with two compartments, with cardboard front covered in blue damask and bordered with gold braid; lid opens to reveal flat surface covered in black felt, in front of set of compartments (with tray and baton) balanced on top of three narrow drawers with cloth pulls; flat surface folds out to reveal slanted writing surface covered in black textile; front half of writing surface can be folded back to reveal narrow compartment; top half can be folded back to reveal larger compartment extending to back of desk, under static bank of compartments and drawers; contains strip of wood.
According to a piece of paper found with the object, this writing desk belonged to Aaron Burr. (See Inscriptions)
Gift of the Estate of Mary Davis Egan, 1966
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.