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Object ID # 1965.004.001abcdefg
Object Name Sideboard
Title Queen's Hotel Sideboard
Lexicon category 2: Building Furnishings
Date 1860s?
Year Range from 1850
Year Range to 1890
Artist Unknown cabinetmaker
Made Unknown
Place of Origin Unknown
Description Queen's Hotel sideboard, 19th-c. The wooden sideboard (a) has a worn, scratched, dark brown finish that appears to be original. There is a high-backed backboard (b) to the piece, which has a centrally-positioned carving or moulding of a an upside-down dead bird. This was a popular sort of Victorian motif, perhaps recalling how dead game birds were hung for a while in kitchens, before they were cooked. The lower part has cupboard space. There are two narrow drawers (c & d) and two wide drawers (e & f). The backboard has bracket shelves that may have been used to hold candlestick holders or bric-a-brac.
See RELATED for other items that pertain to the Queen's Hotel at Owen Sound. There is a 34.5 inch piece that goes on the top of the backboard (g) that has a leonine (lion) head centrally, flanked with two turned finials.

Provenance The 19th-century sideboard was formerly used at the Queen's Hotel at Owen Sound, Grey County. Its maker is unknown. The hotel likely opened in the pre-1871 period.

At some time in the 20th-century (before 1946), there was an auction of Queen's Hotel items held, and the piece was acquired by Mr. William Gill of Meaford, Grey County for his wife as a birthday gift.

About 1946, they sold their Meaford house with the sideboard in it to Ray McClarty.

In 1964, Mrs. Gill visited Meaford and commented to Mr McClarty that she thought it would "be 135 years old now" (c. 1834). This is unconfirmed.

Collection Furniture, 19th-c Collection
Material Wood/Metal/Stain/Varnish
Dimensions H-39.25 W-72 D-22.5 inches
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Legate, William
Subjects Hotels
Owen Sound Business
Search Terms Queen's Hotel
Function A Victorian sideboard was used to hold food and dining supplies in a dining area. This sideboard was formerly used at the Queen's Hotel in Owen Sound, Ontario.