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Desk owned by Titus Nevills

The museum recently was given a handsome marquetry desk made of cherry, birdseye maple and other woods that was produced by a man in South Carolina.

Not only is the piece strikingly beautiful, but it was commissioned by Titus Nevills, a successful merchant and the first reeve of New Hamburg. The desk was made by Abraham Latschaw, a well-known Wilmot Township cabinetmaker, who painstakingly crafted it over 11 years from 1845 to 1856, and documented his efforts in a pencilled notation on the bottom of one of the drawers in the desk's many pigeonholes.

Conservator Richard Fuller enjoyed the month or so he spent restoring the desk to full splendour. "You don't always get the chance to work on something this magnificent," he said, passing an appreciative hand over the woodwork.

Thompson, C. (2017). A legacy of our history | TheRecord.com. TheRecord.com. Retrieved 14 October 2017, from https://www.therecord.com/news-story/7623327-a-legacy-of-our-history/

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CaptionThe museum recently was given a handsome marquetry desk made of cherry, birdseye maple and other woods that was produced by a man in South Carolina. Not only is the piece strikingly beautiful, but it was commissioned by Titus Nevills, a successful merchant and the first reeve of New Hamburg. The desk was made by Abraham Latschaw, a well-known Wilmot Township cabinetmaker, who painstakingly crafted it over 11 years from 1845 to 1856, and documented his efforts in a pencilled notation on the bottom of one of the drawers in the desk's many pigeonholes. Conservator Richard Fuller enjoyed the month or so he spent restoring the desk to full splendour. "You don't always get the chance to work on something this magnificent," he said, passing an appreciative hand over the woodwork. Thompson, C. (2017). A legacy of our history | TheRecord.com. TheRecord.com. Retrieved 14 October 2017, from https://www.therecord.com/news-story/7623327-a-legacy-of-our-history/
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Linked toAbraham Latschaw (112975732); Abraham Latschaw (115626491); Abraham Latschaw (118946190); Abraham Latschaw (Occupation); Mayor Titus Geer Simons Nevills

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