Ebonized corner cabinet in the Eastlake or Anglo-Japanese style, with overall incised design and ornamental brass hardware. Upper section has two glass doors, with two mirror inserts below. The lower section has two drawers and two doors. Made in the United States. Measures 82 inches high x 32.750 inches wide x 23 inches deep.
|Acquisition||Gift of Mildred and Maude Walker|
|Ownership and History||
This exceptional cabinet came from "Tantallon," the home of Mr. and Mrs. Erastus Wiman of St. Marks Place in St. George, Staten Island.
Erastus Wiman (1834-1904) was a developer, promoter, and businessman. His accomplishments included initiating central electric power, telegraph, and telephone service on Staten Island; constructing the first railroad bridge connecting Staten Island to New Jersey; operating and expanding local railroad and ferry service; and building a new, centralized ferry and rail terminal at St. George. Wiman founded the Staten Island Amusement Company, constructed a massive entertainment casino along the St. George waterfront, and a huge stadium at "Erastina" near Elm Park, where he brought Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show, sports events, concerts and spectacular dramatic productions.
This cabinet was part of a collection of furniture and other Wiman family items donated to the Staten Island Historical Society in 1965 by sisters Maude and Mildred Walker, granddaughters of Erastus Wiman.
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