Early Folger furniture survey

Image Type of item Source Description Dimensions
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Desk Westing, Evans & Egmore One of four desks made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore. This one was built for either the Librarian, the Assistant Librarian, or the Office. 30.5" high x 31.5" deep x 63" wide
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Desk Westing, Evans & Egmore One of four desks made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore. This one was built for either the Librarian, the Assistant Librarian, or the Office. Likely, this was the Director's desk, used by Dr. Joseph Quincy Adams: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/thc.5a39755 30.5" high x 31.5" deep x 64" wide
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Desk Westing, Evans & Egmore One of four desks made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore. This one was built for either the Librarian, the Assistant Librarian, or the Office. 31" high x 30" deep x 60" wide
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Desk Westing, Evans & Egmore Oak Desk Carved and Inlaid with Box and Ebony, panelled on three sides. One of four desks made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore. This one was built to be the reading room service desk: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/thc.5a38383 unknown
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Desk Standard Oil Mr. Folger's desk from his time at Standard Oil. 29" high x 38" deep x 60" wide
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Desk Mr. Folger's will "Antique Jacobean oak desk, hinged slant top, disclosing open compartment, front carved panel." 34" high x 25" deep x 41" wide
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Desk Mrs. Folger "Modern writing desk in carved antique style." Appears as "1 oak desk with small bench for seat" in the March 1932 inventory of furniture in the Founders' Room--this particular item belonging to the smaller room. Visible here: https://luna.folger.edu/luna/servlet/s/85e2k4 46" high x 14.5" deep x 40" wide
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Side Table Westing, Evans & Egmore Small table made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore, built for the second floor balcony. 29" high x 18" deep x 27" wide
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Side Table Westing, Evans & Egmore Four small light tables made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore, built for the corners of the reading room: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/thc.5a38367 28" high x 20" deep x 30" wide
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Side Table Westing, Evans & Egmore 6? of ten end tables made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore, built for the second floor balcony. This is the smaller size; we also have at least 3 table in a larger size. The size and status of the remaining table is unknown. 21" high x 10" deep x 15.5" wide
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Side Table Westing, Evans & Egmore 3? of ten end tables made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore, built for the second floor balcony. This is the larger size; we also have at least 6 tables in a smaller size. The size and status of the remaining table is unknown. 30" high x 12" deep x 18" wide
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Side Table Westing, Evans & Egmore Two small tables made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore, originally intended to be octagonal, built for either side of the fireplace in the reading room: https://luna.folger.edu/luna/servlet/s/x1851l 27.5" high x 24" diameter
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Table Westing, Evans & Egmore Large center table made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore, built for the reading room, originally with dimensions of 26' x 5': https://luna.folger.edu/luna/servlet/s/2oh5f6 Divided into three sections circa 2016. 31" high x 60" deep x 104" wide (each)
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Table Westing, Evans & Egmore Four trestle tables made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore, built for the reading room: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/thc.5a48019 30.5" high x 42" deep x 96" wide
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Table Westing, Evans & Egmore Three four-legged tables made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore, built for the alcoves of the reading room: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/thc.5a48019 31" high x 42" deep x 96" wide
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Table Westing, Evans & Egmore One of five tables made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore, built for either the basement lounge, the main floor ante room, the Librarian, the Assistant Librarian, or the Office. The status of two of the tables is unknown. 30" high x 33" deep x 66" wide
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Table Westing, Evans & Egmore One of five tables made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore, built for either the basement lounge, the main floor ante room, the Librarian, the Assistant Librarian, or the Office. The status of two of the tables is unknown. 30.5" high x 27" deep x 54" wide
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Table Westing, Evans & Egmore One of five tables made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore, built for either the basement lounge, the main floor ante room, the Librarian, the Assistant Librarian, or the Office. The status of two of the tables is unknown. 30" high x 28" deep x 54" wide
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Table Mrs. Folger English Jacobean Period triangular gateleg table, circa 1610 and later. Appears as "1 gate-leg Table" in the March 1932 inventory of furniture in the Founders' Room--this particular item belonging to the smaller room. 30.5" high x 28" on the short edges x 37.5" on the long edge
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Table Mr. Lancelot F. Sims, Jr. Elizabethan table, given to the Folger in 1955 by Mr. Sims, in memory of Agnes A. C. Sims, 1880-1934. The table was devalued when the top was planed to a smooth surface. 32" high x 32" deep x 144" wide
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Table Unknown Table with "Folger" carving; has matching chair. May be the item described as "1 carved oak table" in the March 1932 inventory of furniture in the Founders' Room--this particular item belonging to the smaller room--but there is no corresponding chair listed in the inventory. 30.5" high x 26.5" deep x 36" wide
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Table Mrs. Folger Appears as "1 writing table" in the March 1932 inventory of furniture in the Founders' Room--this particular item belonging to the main room. Visible here: https://luna.folger.edu/luna/servlet/s/85e2k4 29" high x 30.5" deep x 35.5" wide
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Table Mrs. Folger Elizabethan table. Appears as "1 Long Refectory Table" in the March 1932 inventory of furniture in the Founders' Room--this particular item belonging to the main room. Visible here: https://luna.folger.edu/luna/servlet/s/85e2k4 31.5" high x 31" deep x 119" wide
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Sideboard Mr. and Mrs. Eric Weinmann Charles II/Queen Anne oak sideboard, the frieze containing three fielded panel drawers and the whole raised on turned and blocked legs. The top is not period. Given to the Folger in 1981 by Mr. and Mrs. Eric Weinmann as a 50th anniversary gift. 31" high x 21" deep x 71" wide
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Bench Westing, Evans & Egmore One of two oak benches with panelled backs and (originally) leather cushions made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore, built for the entrance hall. 42" high x 29" deep x 75" wide
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Bench Westing, Evans & Egmore One of two oak benches with panelled backs and (originally) leather cushions made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore, built for the entrance hall. 41.5" high x 23" deep x 44.5" wide
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Bench Westing, Evans & Egmore Four benches with cushions made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore, built for the exhibition room. 17.5" high x 20" deep x 72" wide (not inclusive of cushion)
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Bench Mrs. Parmelee Two long and narrow Italian benches, loose seat cushions, (originally) covered with green leather, bequeathed to the Folger by Mrs. Parmelee and previously in Mrs. Parmelee's front hall: http://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/cph.3c31014/ 21" high x 13" deep x 90" wide (not inclusive of cushion)
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Stool Mrs. Folger Two seventeenth-century stools with six-sided tops. Appear as "2 small Book Tables" in the March 1932 inventory of furniture in the Founders' Room--this particular item belonging to the main room. Visible here: https://luna.folger.edu/luna/servlet/s/85e2k4 25" high x 14" deep x 17.5" wide
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Chair Mrs. Folger Box chair with linen-fold panels. Probably an eighteenth-century example of a sixteenth- or seventeenth-century design. Appears as "1 Large Chair with Arms" in the March 1932 inventory of furniture in the Founders' Room--this particular item belonging to the main room. Visible here: https://luna.folger.edu/luna/servlet/s/85e2k4 57.5" high x 19.5" deep x 29.5" wide
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Chair Unknown High back chair with curved arms, seventeenth-century. Found in theater in March 2017--had been in off-site storage, but brought over for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Possible insect infestation. Returned in off-site storage in January 2019. Source is unknown, but this is early Folger. Unknown
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Chair Mrs. Folger Panel-back chair from 1620-30 with carved architectural surmount. The seat was originally part of a different piece of furniture. Appears as one of the "6 Arm Chairs with red velvet cushions" in the March 1932 inventory of furniture in the Founders' Room--this particular item belonging to the main room. Visible here: https://luna.folger.edu/luna/servlet/s/85e2k4 44" high x 16" deep x 27" wide
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Chair Mrs. Folger Oak panel-back chair. The arcaded panel is original to the Elizabethan period. Has been speculated to be made by Westing, Evans and Egmore. Appears as one of the "6 Arm Chairs with red velvet cushions" in the March 1932 inventory of furniture in the Founders' Room--this particular item belonging to the main room. Visible here: https://luna.folger.edu/luna/servlet/s/7ym8gx 44" high x 20" deep x 26" wide
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Chair Mrs. Folger? Panel-back chair with carved arcade of grapes and decorative inlay of a flower on a single stalk. Inlaid chevron pattern on back uprights and lower back rail. Parts of the chair date to the seventeenth-century. Source is unknown, but has been speculated to be Westing, Evans and Egmore. This is early Folger. Likely one of the "6 Arm Chairs with red velvet cushions" in the March 1932 inventory of furniture in the Founders' Room--this particular item belonging to the main room--but the sixth chair doesn't appear in any of the photographs we have of the room. 50.5" high x 20" deep x 26" wide
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Chair Mrs. Folger Seventeenth-century panel-back chair. The winged figure on the panel holds the Trumpet of Fame and the Sword of Justice. Appears as one of the "6 Arm Chairs with red velvet cushions" in the March 1932 inventory of furniture in the Founders' Room--this particular item belonging to the main room. Visible here: https://luna.folger.edu/luna/servlet/s/85e2k4 45.5" high x 17.5" deep x 24.5" wide
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Chair Unknown Chair with "Folger" carving; has matching table. 46" high x 17" deep x 24" wide
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Chair Westing, Evans & Egmore Three of four oak arm chairs made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore, built for the catalogue room. The status of the remaining chair is unknown. 42.5" high x 22.5" deep x 25" wide
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Chair Westing, Evans & Egmore One of four desk chairs made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore, built for either the reading room service desk, the Librarian, the Assistant Librarian, or the Office. The status of the other three desk chairs is unknown. 31" high x 21" deep x 23.5" wide
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Chair Westing, Evans & Egmore Eight of sixteen high back arm chairs covered in tapestry made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore, built for the reading room: https://luna.folger.edu/luna/servlet/s/7ko8ss Four more of these chairs are upholstered in a different fabric; the status of the remaining four chairs is unknown. 49" high x 22.5" deep x 27.5" wide
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Chair Westing, Evans & Egmore Four of sixteen high back arm chairs covered in tapestry made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore, built for the reading room: https://luna.folger.edu/luna/servlet/s/u13bl6 Eight more of these chairs are upholstered in a different fabric; the status of the remaining four chairs is unknown. 49" high x 22.5" deep x 27.5" wide
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Chair Westing, Evans & Egmore Two large high back fireside chairs, (originally) covered in velvet and trimmed, made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore, built for either side of the fireplace in the reading room: http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/thc.5a48022 53" high x 24" deep x 29" wide
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Chair Westing, Evans & Egmore Twenty-six arm chairs covered in English hide made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore, built for the reading room. 37" high x 21" deep x 24.5" wide
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Chair Westing, Evans & Egmore Two carved and inlaid oak arm chairs made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore, built for the Entrance Hall. 44" high x 20.5" deep x 25" wide
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Chair Westing, Evans & Egmore Two of five easy chairs made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore (presumably), built for either the basement lounge (four) or the office (one); the status of the remaining three chairs is unknown. 35" high x 19" deep x 24" wide
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Chair Westing, Evans & Egmore Six of an unknown number of chairs made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore. The cushion appears in a variety of fabrics throughout the building. 38" high x 17.5" deep x 20" wide
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Chair Westing, Evans & Egmore Two of an unknown number of chairs made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore. The upholstery appears in a variety of fabrics throughout the building. 34" high x 19" deep x 18.5" wide
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Chair Westing, Evans & Egmore Four upholstered arm chairs made for the Folger by Westing, Evans, and Egmore (presumably). It's not clear which chairs these are on the Westing, Evans & Egmore order list. 38.5" high x 28.5" deep x 28" wide
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Chair Mrs. Parmelee Two carved walnut open-arm chairs, loose seat cushions, (originally) covered with green leather, bequeathed to the Folger by Mrs. Parmelee and previously in Mrs. Parmelee's study. 35.5" high x 21" deep x 27.5" wide
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Chair Unknown Matches the two carved walnut open-arm chairs with loose seat cushions bequeathed to the Folger by Mrs. Parmelee, but Mrs. Parmelee's will only notes two of these chairs. 36.5" high x 19.5" deep x 27" wide
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Chair Westing, Evans & Egmore Likely one of the 62 box chairs made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore, built for the second floor, second balcony. The seat lifts up to reveal storage inside. The status of the remaining 61 chairs is unknown. 37.5" high x 22" deep x 23" wide
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Pedestal ? Green marble pedestal used with ART Inv. 1162. 37.5" high x 14" deep x 14" wide
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Pedestal ? Wooden pedestal used with ART Inv. 1160. 31.5" high x 28" deep x 18" wide
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Pedestal ? Red marble pedestal used with ART Inv. 1179. 36" high x 17.5" diameter
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Pedestal ? Black pedestal used in between security desk and entrance to exhibition hall 35" high x 16.5" deep x 16.5" wide
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Pedestal ? Black marble pedestal used in in theater end of exhibition hall 47.5" high x 12" deep x 12" wide
image to come Base ? Base for the Garrick chair 6" high x 29.75" deep x 29" wide
image to come Instrument stand ? Stand for ART Inv. 1002, a lute. 26.5" high x 7.25" deep x 10" wide
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Cabinet Westing, Evans & Egmore Likely the carved oak filing cabinet made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore, built for the Librarian. "Notes on furniture tentatively valued by Constantine Broutsas, March 3, 1983" from the deaccessioned furniture files identifies an "oak reprod. court cupboard with file drawer orig. made for Director's office ca. 1930." 69" high x 21.5" deep x 52" wide
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Cabinet Mr. Folger's will "Elizabethan English cupboard, three lower doors having plan panels in moulded frames; three upper recessed doors with diamond form inlay and inscribed 'F.B.1584 – M.B.' with two turned posts supporting top with panel, inscribed: 'Give the Glorie to God Alonne' ... (very largely reconstructed.)" 50.5" high x 25" deep x 59" wide
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Cabinet Mrs. Parmelee Eighteenth-century French armoire (could be German) with original brass work. Four panelled doors (two upper, two lower), closed by lock at right and hinge hook at left; three drawers at mid point; ornamental brass door furniture, oversized and shaped to fit over bead moulding on doors; set on recessed feet. Likely the clothes press bequeathed to the Folger by Mrs. Parmelee and previously in Mrs. Parmelee's front hall. 81.5" high x 26.5" deep x 56.5" wide
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Cabinet Mrs. Parmelee Sixteenth-century Italian cassone. Lock hinges replaced. Likely the "cabinet, top lifts, sides carved fluted pedestal" bequeathed to the Folger by Mrs. Parmelee and previously in Mrs. Parmelee's second floor hall. 49" high x 13.5" deep x 40" wide
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Cabinet Came with the Halliwell-Phillips collection Gray metal cabinet. Inside of the cabinet are drawers. 36.5" high x 17.25" deep (including handles) x 24" wide
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Chest Mrs. Parmelee Chest with carvings, head at corners, bequeathed to the Folger by Mrs. Parmelee and previously in Mrs. Parmelee's library. Identified as a seventeenth-century Italian cassone. 22" high x 22" deep x 62" wide
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Chest Mrs. Parmelee Large dower chest, with iron handles at ends, panel top, and carved front, bequeathed to the Folger by Mrs. Parmelee and previously in Mrs. Parmelee's library. The front dates to the eighteenth-century; the top is more recent. 32.5" high x 28.5" deep x 59" wide
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Chest Mrs. Parmelee Small chest, heavy brass trimmings, inlaid butterfly and floral design, bequeathed to the Folger by Mrs. Parmelee and previously in Mrs. Parmelee's bedroom. 16" high x 16.5" deep x 31" wide
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Chest Unknown Low chest with gouge work. Source is unknown, but this is early Folger. Does not match anything in Mr. Folger's or Mrs. Parmelee's wills, but could possibly be the "small chest" in the March 1932 inventory of furniture in the Founders' room--this particular item belonging to the entrance hall. 16.5" high x 12" deep x 33" wide
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Chest Mr. Folger's will "English 17th-Century oak chest, front with two carved panels and three pilasters, top with three moulded panels." 27" high x 22.5" deep x 52" wide
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Chest Unknown Eighteenth-century French chest, with flowers and animals on the front panels. Source is unknown, but this is early Folger. 25" high x 24" deep x 70.5" wide
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Chest Mrs. Folger Gothic oak chest with hinged top, the front carved with x-shaped tracery, and with two panels of linen pattern at each end, and with iron lock escutcheon. Dated at 1490-1500. Appears as "1 large Chest" in the March 1932 inventory of furniture in the Founders' Room--this particular item belonging to the main room. Visible here: https://luna.folger.edu/luna/servlet/s/85e2k4 34.5" high x 26" deep x 65" wide
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Bookcase Unknown Wooden bookcase. Later replicas have metal strips where the shelves adjust; the earlier ones do not. Source is unknown, but this is early Folger. 84" high x 14" deep x 51" wide
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Bookcase Westing, Evans & Egmore Wooden bookcase. Had been in OSE. WEE info to be added. 51" high x 16" deep x 63" wide
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Fireplace Fixtures Westing, Evans & Egmore Fireplace fixtures of 16th-century models made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore, built for the reading room fireplace: https://luna.folger.edu/luna/servlet/s/88w008 42.5" high x 42" wide (fireback) and 33.5" high x 23.5" deep x 50" wide (andirons)
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Fireback Unknown/ Mrs. Folger Sixteenth-century fireback. "1 pair Iron Andirons, with spit and grate" appear in the March 1932 inventory of furniture in the Founders' Room--these particular items belonging to the main room. These additional items are presumably more modern, but are early Folger. 30" high x 25" wide, plus andirons, buckets, etc.
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Globes Westing, Evans & Egmore Two globes and oak stands made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore, built for the reading room: https://luna.folger.edu/luna/servlet/s/qh4qbl 42" high x 18.5" deep x 18.5" wide (stands) and 34" high x 27" wide (globes)
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Armillary Sphere Mrs. Folger Armillary sphere. Appears in the March 1932 inventory of furniture in the Founders' Room--this particular item belonging to the main room. Visible here: https://luna.folger.edu/luna/servlet/s/85e2k4 26" high x 18.5" deep x 18.5" wide
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Logs William King & Son 5 half-cylinder logs. We want to save these logs because we know they're bug-free. A letter to Charles Andrews, treasurer at Amherst, dated 5 May 1932 notes that the Folger purchased oak logs for both fireplaces from William King & Son, likely the merchant mentioned here: https://dchistory.pastperfectonline.com/photo/F8E1BB35-8D7F-4A05-98FC-585129115505 approx. 49" long x 7" (varies)
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Logs William King & Son 7 half-cylinder logs. We want to save these logs because we know they're bug-free. A letter to Charles Andrews, treasurer at Amherst, dated 5 May 1932 notes that the Folger purchased oak logs for both fireplaces from William King & Son, likely the merchant mentioned here: https://dchistory.pastperfectonline.com/photo/F8E1BB35-8D7F-4A05-98FC-585129115505 approx. 49" long x 7" (varies)
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Lamp Westing, Evans & Egmore Two floor lamps made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore, built for either side of the fireplace in the reading room: https://www.loc.gov/pictures/resource/thc.5a48022/ 81" high x 19" deep x 19" wide (not inclusive of shade)
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Lamp Westing, Evans & Egmore Two floor lamps made for the Folger by Westing, Evans & Egmore, possibly the two built for the central reading room alcove and for the Librarian's office 57.5" high x 12.5" deep x 12.5" wide (not inclusive of shade)