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Iron pen

Iron pen

Longfellow's quill pen and one of his inkstands are shown.

The inkstand bears the inscription “Sam’l Taylor Coleridge: his inkstand,” from which Coleridge had written The Rime of the Ancient Mariner.

The "iron pen" was presented to Henry Longfellow by a group of schoolchildren. It was made from wood from the vessel "Constitution" and colored stones from Siberia, Ceylon, and Maine.


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Longfellow's standing desk
New England, 1825-1835
Mahogany and white pine

On a round table in the corner of the room by the window is a standing desk, at which Longfellow occasionally wrote by daylight and enjoyed a view across the meadows towards the Charles River.

A statue of Goethe is on the desk.

Behind the standing desk is another tall clock.

Tall-case clock
Aaron Willard Tall-Case Clock
Boston, 1790s
Convex girandole mirror
1820, England

Over the fireplace is a convex mirror, surmounted by an eagle holding festoons of chains and balls, and by two dolphins. Underneath are four scroll candle branches with prism pendants.

The whole room is reflected in this mirror which Longfellow purchased from Mrs. Craigie's estate.

Chestnut arm-chair
Arm-chair made from chestnut tree

To the right of the fireplace stands the armchair made from the “spreading chestnut tree” which Longfellow made famous in his poem "The Village Blacksmith" .  

The chair is carved with horse-chestnut leaves and inscribed around the base with lines from the poem. The children of Cambridge presented the chair to Longfellow on his seventy-second birthday, February 27, 1879.

Longfellow wrote his poem "From My Arm-Chair" to express his gratitude to the children.


Longfellow's study table
On Longfellow's table are his writing tools as well as favorite books.


Balance scale

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