Hyde Hall

Inner and Outer Library Bookcases, Stone House (1817-1819)

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Inner and Outer Library Bookcases, Stone House (1817-1819)

Hyde Hall, Springfield, New York

Made by Thaddeus Lacy

c.1820 – 1821

Between 1820 and 1821, two sets of mahogany bookcases were constructed by Thaddeus Lacy, a cabinetmaker from Cooperstown, NY. George Clarke (1768-1835), paid $704.10 ½ for their construction. The mahogany was sent to Hyde Hall from John Meads (1777-1859), a cabinetmaker in Albany, NY, who also supplied most of the furniture for the house. The brass wire mesh was supplied by Henry W. Delavan & Co., a hardware firm from Albany, New York. Delavan & Co. also supplied much of the hardware for Hyde Hall. The upper doors were backed with green baize to keep dust and sunlight from the books. The baize is a reproduction by Thistle Hill Weavers, Cherry Valley and the tacks are original and follow the original tack holes.

Photo: John Bower

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