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: 24 1/2 x 20 x 27 in. (62.2 x 50.8 x 68.6 cm)
Place collected
Camden, Wilcox County, Alabama, United States, North and Central America
Wood and iron school desk with a foldable seat. The curved seat is made of four (4) close-fitting slats, and the seat back has five (5) slats. Grooves cut into the sides of each slat allow them to link together like puzzle pieces. The desk is attached at the back, behind the seat back. The top is constructed of four (4) close-fitting slats. There is a long, oval groove carved into the front slab for holding writing utensils. The sides of the desk are cast iron in a simple design. Each side is marked [ECLIPSE] at the top and has the number [5] in a shield at the middle. At the front, just under the seat is [5 & 6 LB] on the left ironwork and [5 & 6 RB] on the right ironwork. All markings on ironwork are raised. The desk rests on four (4) feet.
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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