TACWM logo

Search Term Record

  • Email This Page
  • Send Feedback
Name White House of the Confederacy

Associated Records

Image of Pass - FIC2017.03000

Pass - FIC2017.03000

Pass - for Henry (slave), signed by Jefferson Davis, November 10, 1863 "Pass Henry to apothecary's store and back to Presdts House - Jeffn Davis Nov. 10. 1863"

Image of Agreement - FIC2017.03001

Agreement - FIC2017.03001

Agreement: Slave hiring agreement for Fannie, by Varina Davis for Jefferson Davis, with Thomas Binford, January 1, 1865 "$400 / On th 1st Jany. next, we bind ourselves / our heirs, to pay Thomas Binford, his heirs / or assigns four hundred dollars for the hire / of a negro woman Fannie / payable quarterly, for the present year. / Said negro woman to be returned at Christmas / next Will clothes and blanket. Witness our / hands and seals this 1st day of Jany 1865 / V Davis for / Jeffn Davis / Seal / Seal" On reverse: "March 1st 1865 Recd / the 1st quarter of the / within / Thos Binford"

Chandelier and Fixture, Gas -

This gasolier had six arms, one is missing. There are scroll designs on the lower shaft with floral and leaf designs decorating the entire shaft and spinnings.

Image of MANTEL

MANTEL -

The mantel is made of black marble with an iron "arch" at the fireplace opening. Pilasters with vertical grooves and a band of horizontal grooves at the top. The iron arch (rectangular) has circular designs around the outer edges and a decorative design closer to the inner edges.

Image of INKSTAND

INKSTAND -

Shallow dome of clear glass with central iron ringed opening. A round piece of paper with the history of the inkstand written upon it has been placed into the bottom of the well.

Image of Chair, Side

Chair, Side -

The balloon back chair is made of mahogany and ash. The chair is carved with symmetrical acanthus leaves, and it has a cabriole front and legs. The chair is upholstered, but present fabric is not original. The crest of the chair carving is cleanly sawn off, as well as the leaves are flattened, as if sawn.

Image of FENDER

FENDER -

This is a painted cast iron fender.

LAP BOARD -

This is a painted piece of wood with a half-moon shape cut out of one long side.

Image of Mirror, Wall

Mirror, Wall -

Large arched frame with scroll ornaments at the bottom corners and a three quarters circle moulding forming an arch up both sides and across the top. A U-shaped ornament is at the center top surmounted by a fleur-de-lis and flanked by curved leaves and C-shaped ornaments. The original surface is water gilt, burnished and oil gilt gold. The entire surface was coated with several layers of brass paint before restoration. Penciled on rear rop rabbet edge: "80x60 B(or P?)C A(or O?) L E / Crenshaw 5 1(or 7?)". Penciled on bottom momter: "80 x 60 B(or P?)C A D(or L?) E / Crenshaw (?)".

Image of MANTEL

MANTEL -

The mantel is Carrara marble with an iron, arched insert. Carved relief figures decorate either side. One side has "Hebe" (Goddess of Youth), who carries a pitcher in one hand and a cup in the other; the other side has "Diana" (or Niobe?), who holds only the drape she wears. The figures are located 10 inches up from the base. A horizontal panel is a relief carving of a goddess in a chariot drawn by four horses (previously identified as "Apollo", God of the Sun -- but as the figure is female, it is now tentatively identified as Selene, Goddess of the Moon, often pictured with crescent-shaped flowing garments) through the clouds. A leaf type scroll design is the top center, and a rope-like

Image of Chair, Rocking

Chair, Rocking -

The mahogany rocking chair has black horsehair upholstery on the back and arms. The arms are scroll-shaped with acanthus terminations. The chair has plain stretchers. Chair was found to have original horsehair cloth arm pads by Robert Trent in May 1987. Secondary woods are ash and pine.

Image of BUST - Jefferson F. Davis

BUST - Jefferson F. Davis

Plaster bust of Jefferson Davis. Head turned slightly to its right. The artist's signature and date, "F. Volck / 1862", are on the base.

Image of SOFA

SOFA -

The sofa is made of mahogany and has an upholstered medallion back, carved details, fluted rails, scroll carved transition on back, carved knees, and cabriole legs and front. The feet rest on casters. The knees are carved into leaf shapes.

Image of Caddy, Tea

Caddy, Tea -

The Chinese porcelain tea caddy consists of three pieces: top (.17), inner (.17a), and body (.17b). The white base has a gilded dragon in relief on the sides, and the dragon emerges through the top. The body has floral decorations in blue-gray, red, and gilt. Chinese charactors are on the bottom in red. The jar is bell-shaped with a narrowed neck and base.

Image of SEAL

SEAL -

One of two (2) seals with brass heads and a spindle shaped ivory handle. This seal has the initials "J. D."

Image of SEAL

SEAL -

One of two (2) seals with brass heads and a spindle shaped ivory handle.This seal has a rough diamond patterned surface.

INKSTAND -

This is a lid from an inkstand with scalloped steel and beaded glass. It is stamped "Improved per's Patent...." along the outer edge of a steel lid. It also caries the date of manufacture and/or patent: January 7, 1851.

Image of Slipper, Bedroom

Slipper, Bedroom -

One of a pair (2) of slippers consisting of silk over board outsole with no heel; looped and cut upholstery upper of dark colors, black, pink green and blue in a floral motif; lined with silk as well on the insole; no toe box or counter. The outsole is attached with white thread covering a gold metallic thread hem. Seam at both sides midline. Youth size 13.

Image of Slipper, Bedroom

Slipper, Bedroom -

One of a pair (2) of slippers consisting of silk over board outsole with no heel; looped and cut upholstery upper of dark colors, black, pink green and blue in a floral motif; lined with silk as well on the insole; no toe box or counter. The outsole is attached with white thread covering a gold metallic thread hem. Seam at both sides midline. Youth size 13.

CANDLESTICK -

It is a brass cup in cup type. The lower cup edge is dented along the raised edge. The candleholder has a similar raised edge and has an incised line along the base.