Original Duncan Phyfe Furniture at Millford
Throughout Millford’s interior is an exceptional collection of Duncan Phyfe & Son furniture — Phyfe’s final design phase with its more chaste and less decorated architectural forms. Many of the pieces in this collection are documented in the original Bill of Lading, dated June 2nd, 1841.
On June 2, 1841, Duncan Phyfe sent a bill of lading to John Laurence Manning, itemizing 47 boxes of Phyfe & Son furniture ordered for Millford. Now in the Trust collection, this document is an evocative resource, enriching our understanding of many of the original pieces of furniture found in Millford. This document reveals the kinds of furniture in the house and the type of wood from which these pieces were made, providing a glimpse into the material world of the Mannings. This letter was acquired from Katherine Williams Patterson, great-great-granddaughter of Gov. John Laurence Manning and Sally Bland Clarke.
The items highlighted in green remain at Millford today. Items highlighted in gray have been identified and survive in other collections. (Note: do, below, is synonymous for “ditto.”)