This imposing desk and ledger-case may have served as the center of operations in the office of plantation manager or merchant. Its interior is arranged as a compact and efficient workspace with pigeonholes and drawers for filing and storage, a fold-out writing surface, and vertical partitions in the lower case that could house oversized financial ledgers or letter books containing copies of correspondence. Distinctive stylistic and structural features, including the five massive claw-and-ball feet, link it to the work of Robert Walker. It descended in the Jett family of the Northern Neck of Virginia and was likely owned by Thomas Jett (d.1785), a merchant and an associate of Walker’s. More






Yellow pine, paint, brass


Overall (H x W x D): 92 1/8 in. x 49 3/4 in. x 16 3/4 in. (234 cm x 126.37 cm x 42.55 cm)


Gift of Mrs. Stuart Robertson, 1969

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