Skidmore Scribner Wardrobe
This tour de force of craftsmanship is a free standing wardrobe in quarter sawn white oak. It was commissioned in 1884 by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Scribner for their New York City home. Mr. Scribner, a scion of the publishing family, tragically died early in their marriage. Mrs. Lucy Skidmore Scribner moved to Saratoga Springs, N.Y. where she founded Skidmore College.
The before picture shows the mid twentieth century refinishing, that was done over in a hand rubbed and glazed varnish. Over 9 feet in length, it was originally thought to be one piece but was found to be made in sections that are bolted together after moving. A hidden compartment was signed and dated by the cabinet-makers, who also included a union newspaper that describes the efforts to unionize the cigar makers factories.
The wardrobe is in the office of the president of Skidmore College.