American (North Carolina) , likely a marriage, late 18th century. Southern American Chippendale mahogany with pine secondary bookcase secretary from Iredell/Davie County line, in two piece construction, the upper section having a flat molded cornice over a pair of glazed doors opening to three shelves, the lower section with slant top opening to an interior fitted with a central prospect door inlaid with a three leaves opening to a small drawer and two valenced pigeon holes, concealing a hidden compartment and flanked to each side by a removable reeded document holder, four pigeon holdes and four serpentine shaped small drawers, over four graduated long drawers between canted reeded quarter-column, raised on shaped bracket feet. Secret compartment and other drawers inscribed J. MCGUIRE 696387" in reference to the Dr. James McGuire (1829-1919) of the Iredell/Davie County Line Back of lower section with pencil writing. Approximate height 96", width 44.5", depth 23". Provenance: From the Estate of Liz Howell Bloodworth, Atlanta, Georgia.
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