Secretary Desk, 1720-1780

Summary

This 18th-century desk was owned by the Adler family of Frankfurt, Germany. With the rise of the Nazi regime during the 1930s, harassment increased for this Jewish family until, on Kristallnacht in 1938, their home was ransacked. The Adlers managed to leave Germany with only a few possessions. This heirloom became a symbol of the family's survival as they carved out new lives in America.

This 18th-century desk was owned by the Adler family of Frankfurt, Germany. With the rise of the Nazi regime during the 1930s, harassment increased for this Jewish family until, on Kristallnacht in 1938, their home was ransacked. The Adlers managed to leave Germany with only a few possessions. This heirloom became a symbol of the family's survival as they carved out new lives in America.

Artifact

Bureau-bookcase

Date Made

1720-1780

Creators

Unknown

Place of Creation

Germany 

Fully Furnished
 On Exhibit

at Henry Ford Museum in Fully Furnished

Object ID

98.46.1

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ruth Adler Schnee.

Material

Burled walnut
Brass (Alloy)

Technique

Veneering

Color

Brown

Dimensions

Height: 43.375 in  (bottom section)

Width: 37.125 in  (bottom section)

Length: 21.375 in  (bottom section)

Height: 32.75 in  (top section)

Width: 27.375 in  (top section)

Length: 10.25 in  (top section)

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