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This is a secretary. It was made by Company of Master Craftsmen and retailed by W. and J. Sloane. It is dated ca. 1926. Its medium is mahogany, glass, and brass.

In the mid-1920s, William Sloane Coffin, trustee and later president of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, founded The Company of Master Craftsmen and Oneidacraft, producing historical “registered reproductions” to be sold through the New York department store W. & J. Sloane. This secretary is one of fifty-two pieces commissioned from Sloane by the New York State Historical Association (now Fenimore Art Museum) in 1926 for a replica of John Hancock’s former residence, demolished in 1863.

It is credited Lent by Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York. Museum purchase, acquired with funds provided by Horace Moses..

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  • Bequest of Mrs. John Innes Kane.
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Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 248.9 × 116.8 × 63.5 cm (8 ft. 2 in. × 46 in. × 25 in.)

This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition The Jazz Age: American Style in the 1920s.

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