Wooden school desk from Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church and School

Created by
Owned by
Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church and School, American, 1925 - 1936
wood and cast iron
H x W x D: 27 1/2 x 20 3/4 x 27 1/2 in. (69.9 x 52.7 x 69.9 cm)
Place collected
Camden, Wilcox County, Alabama, United States, North and Central America
Wood and iron school desk, with the desk attached behind the seat. The chair seat is constructed of four (4) tightly fitted wooden boards. There appears to be a missing board at the front. The seat back consists of a single board and the top and three (3) closely fit boards in the center. The desk top is constructed of two (2) wooden boards of differing widths. It appears that additional board(s) are missing. The front board has a round hole for an inkwell on the right. To the left of the inkwell is a long groove that extends to the left edge, for holding a writing implement. The desk top and seat components are attached to two (2) iron side supports. The ironwork features a decorative motif featuring vines and gridded circles. At the bottom of each piece of ironwork is a circle containing a floral shape and the number [3].
African American
Religious groups
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of M. Ann Phillippi and the Dr. George M. and Betty Phillippi Family
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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