Baltimore Butler’s Desk and Linen Press

Will Paulsen

Some of the most beautiful high style Southern furniture is found in Baltimore, such as this unique piece. It is a desk and it is a linen press. The desk is in the top drawer, which pulls out and then the drawer face drops down to reveal a writing desk, with cubbies, drawers, a secret drawer, and a central prospect door. The doors below open to reveal a series of sliding linen drawers.


In the great Federal houses of Baltimore, this piece was typically used in the upstairs landing, holding either linens or clothing for the family near their bedchambers and for the butler to have a desk for household business affairs.


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