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Object ID # 1959.001.001
Object Name Desk
Title Arthur Harding Priest's Desk
Lexicon category 2: Building Furnishings
Date Early 20th-century
Year Range to 1958
Description This is an office desk that formerly belonged to Dr. Arthur Harding Priest of Owen Sound, Ontario (an Anglican clergyman). It is a flat top desk with three drawers on each side and a long, shallow middle drawer. The desk is made of natural wood which has been varnished to a dark brown colour. Each drawer has a long, metal, horizontal pull. The four front legs have a shape akin to a quarter taken out of a circle (rounded, narrowing to a 90 degree angle on one side). The back four legs maintain a square shape, although they do taper slightly.
Note: This type of desk likely would have had a desk blotter on top of it to protect the top surface.
Provenance This desk belonged to Dr. Arthur Harding Priest, who was a son of an Owen Sound, Ontario businessman, Arthur Priest. Dr. Priest served as a chaplain in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces (C.E.F.) during the First World War, and was mentioned in despatches. He later became well-known throughout Canada as a religious educator. He rose to the highest position in his field in the Canadian Anglican Church before he died in 1958.
Dr. Priest and his wife, Stella, lived at various places, but late in life, resided at Owen Sound, Ontario.
Collection Furniture, 20th-c Collection
Material Wood/Finish/Metal
Dimensions H-77 W-111 L-53.2 cm
Found Owen Sound, Grey County
People Priest, Dr. Arthur Harding