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Object ID 002513

Object Name Dictionary stand

Object Desc Cast iron and wood dictionary stand manufactured by George J. Flanagan. Top has oak wood pieces attached to spring to hold large book. Consists of 4 parts that can seperate.

Collection General Collection

Accession # CMY002152

Alternate ID

General Category History

Category Furniture


Source Category Found In Collection

Accession Date JAN 1,1991


Location Room 7, Shelf 19

Object Date

Start Year Range 1898

End Year Range

Status On-Site Collection Storage

Object Keywords Flanagan, George J.,dictionary stands,bookstands,stands,furniture,

Title Dictionary stand

Description Dictionary stand manufactured by George J. Flanagan. Cast iron legs and pole that holds up two piece of oak wood controlled by a spring and level to hold a dictionary or large book. Wood pieces at top have bookrest at bottom to support book. At center between pieces of wood is cast iron "I" shape piece with red felt attached. On back of wood are metal levers that control the positioning of the pieces. Underneath "I" shaped metal there are two screws to adjust the angle of the wood top. Metal, cylinder piece underneath top as part of the stand - twists to adjust height. Just below center of pole there is a flat cast iron piece with four pieces of metal at corners - used to hold other books. Embossed text "Chicago, ILL / Geo J Flanagan". Four cast iron legs with small wood wheels at bottom. Piece has subsequently been painted gold. Metal pole appears to be a different type of metal, unsure if original


Approx Collection Date

Height 42.5

Length 0

Width 21.5

Depth 21.5

Diameter 0

Circumference 0

Weight 0

Unit of Measure Inches/ounces

Dimension Details Dimensions are with the wood pieces folded up and the top part adjusted horizontally. Stand is at the highest it can be.

Quantity 0

Material metal (cast iron); wood (oak)


Site Details

Place of Origin

Maker George J. Flanagan

Maker Details Possibly was located at 521 S. Wabash, Chicago, ILL.

Maker Mark


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Image Caption CMY2152



Date JUN 17,2014

Summary poor

Assessor BN

Notes PIECE IS UNSTABLE. WILL FALL APART IF HANDLED IMPROPERLY. Based on photographs of identical dictionary stands, it is highly probable this piece was not originally gold on the cast iron parts. Gold coloring varies throughout. piece. The metal pole does not appear to be original - different metal than rest of piece. But photos of simialr objects show the pole aging differently. Overall, metal is worn and tarnished. Surface scratches and wear. Dust accretions throughout. Chips in metal legs. The metal book stand at mid point is loose - used to tighten the stand when adjusting height, but threads are worn. Metal pole is tarnished with some small ares of rust. On top the metal components are tarnished, possible rust underneath paint. Wood pieces are owrn. At right, wood piece has crack at lower left corner - due to screw on back part. On both pieces edges are worn and chipped. Surface scratches. On left piece of wood at right edge there are drops of gold paint.

Date JUN 19,2014

Summary poor

Assessor BN

Notes Storing object flat - object is not stable for exhibiting. It cannot be put together properly without falling apart. If it touched or moved improperly it will collapse or fall over causing damage. Components are causing stress, scratches, and wear on each other from long term storage.


Date JUN 17,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7 from Room 1, Shelf 18 - automatic entry by admin

Date JUN 21,2014

Summary Location change

Notes Location changed to Room 7, Shelf 19 from Room 7 - automatic entry by admin



Date JUN 17,2014