Signed Baltimore Secretary
I discovered that this secretary is signed by the maker, William White, in four different places. The inscription shown above is on the bottom of the desk section which reads: "William White / Cabinetmaker / 1805". On the inside of the bottom of the case it reads: "Baltimore / July 30 (or 3rd?) / 1804". He also inscribed the bottom of one of the linen drawers and the back of the desk section.
There were considerable repairs needed to the veneers of the skirt and feet. The rosette & bail pulls were a later inappropriate replacement. One of the panes of glass was broken and the line inlays required attention.