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This charming basin stand features classic Chesapeake design elements such as the "square-and-dash" inlay running across its middle shelf. Family tradition maintains that it originally belonged to Charles Carroll of Maryland, the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence. The juvenile signature of Carroll's daughter Mary on the underside of the drawer confirms it was used by the family in the late eighteenth century.


Square basin stand with a two-part hinged top over the upper shelf, and a middle shelf and drawer over a lower shaped shelf on four square, tapered legs terminating in spade feet. The veneered, two-part hinged top is affixed to the side rails with two brass butt hinges. The hinged top rests on four bracket supports affixed to the tops of the legs when open. The upper shelf has a large circular cut-out at center and a smaller circular cut-out in each rear corner. The upper shelf is framed by four solid rails cut with a pair of ogees along their bottom edges. The middle, thumbnail-molded shelf features square-and-dash inlay and sits atop three solid, straight rails and the drawer blade. The drawer front features a stamped brass rosette pull at center. A band of square-and-dash inlay runs along the bottom of the middle shelf and continues uninterrupted across the legs. The lower shelf features an applied ring of astragal molding at center, and is constructed with three, half-lapped boards.





Mahogany, light and dark wood inlay (primary), tulip poplar (secondary), oak (braces), brass hardware


Overall (H x W x D): 32 in. x 30 3/8 in. x 15 1/8 in. (81.28 cm x 77.15 cm x 38.42 cm)

Credit Line

Gift of Governor John Lee Carroll, 1877

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