Small Ebony and Exotic Hardwood Whalebone-inlaid Cabinet, America, mid-19th century, the upper section with shaped top above eight short drawers and three octagonal posts, and projecting lower section with single long drawer above shaped base and turned feet, inlaid throughout with contrasting geometric designs, (minor imperfections), ht. 23 1/2, wd. 24 1/2, dp. 17 1/4 in.
Provenance: A note written on the back of an early 20th photograph showing this cabinet in situ surrounded by old firearms is inscribed on the reverse "Francis P. Blair/Military Family/Washington, D.C.," a reference to the family in which the piece descended.
long drawer missing some bottom boards, minor losses to inlay, top and projecting boards have aged and worn separately so the top and projecting areas are not flush.
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