Copper circular plate with an outer edge which is pierce boarded with an etched design between each set and an inner edge which is engraced with an ancanthus and flowers design. There is an inscription on the plate which reads: WM A. Rodgers
A Canterbury is a low, open topped stand with slatted partitions, and a drawer beneath, sometimes with short legs on casters, designed for holding sheet music. Originally found in England during the 1780s, they were made in mahogany from about 1800, and later in rosewood and walnut. Later nineteenth century versions were sometimes taller, and were made in brass or combinations of metal and wood.
According to Thomas Sheraton the reason for the name is that “A bishop of the see first gave orders for those pieces”.
By the 1860s, the Canterbury was considered a status symbol within wealthier American homes.