Group Title: Historic St. Augustine: De Mesa Sanchez House, Block 7 Lot 6
Title: DeMesa - Sanchez: "Reading" room 101
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Title: DeMesa - Sanchez: "Reading" room 101
Series Title: Historic St. Augustine: De Mesa Sanchez House, Block 7 Lot 6
Physical Description: Report
Language: English
Subject: Saint Augustine (Fla.)
43 Saint George Street (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
de Mesa-Sanchez House (Saint Augustine, Fla.)
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida -- Saint Johns -- Saint Augustine -- 43 Saint George Street
Coordinates: 29.896429 x -81.313225
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Bibliographic ID: UF00091263
Volume ID: VID00182
Source Institution: University of Florida
Holding Location: University of Florida
Rights Management: All rights reserved by the source institution.
Resource Identifier: B7-L6

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This small room off the entrance hall probably dates from the Second

Spanish Period, when the building was owned by Juan Sanchez, who made extensive

additions on both the first and second floors. The mantel and window details

probably date from the 1835-37 remodeling.

In the late 1830's, when the house had been substantially remodeled and

enlarged, this rom probably functioned as a small parlor. We are exhibiting

it as secondary parlor r sitting room, themain parlo being upstairs. In

addition, we would~ like to suggest that it could have been a likely place for

business transactions, when the businessmnan-occupant of the house preferred

to move from the crude ambiance of his office to a more attractive environment

for settling a deal. Or if a business acquaintance s dhofd up with family or

friends, this might have served as more of "waiting room." -n the competitive,

high-stakesbusiness of land speculation, such a retreat could be most useful.

The following is a descriptive list of the furnishings in the room:

Large gilt looking glass ca. 1830-50; Empire style; painted in gold paint

to conceal its simple pine construction; hung high with a slight tilt to reflect

furnishings and visually expand the size of the room; modern glass

Pair brass oil lamps ca. 1825-30; American, made in New York (stamped by

maker: "B. Gardiner N. York"); called Argand lamps; designed for display in

pairs, though they could be used separately; placed in front of the mirror to

reflect light throughout room

Clock ca. 1840-60; American, made in Conn. (label inside Wm. L. Gilbert

Clock Co., Winstead, Conn.); Empire style; gilt paint; false grained pilasters

flanking face; set-et nmate+-for suitable viewing

Card Table ca. 1815-30; American (New York or Baltimore); also called

Pembroke table; Sheraton style; mahogany and pine; reeded legs; original castors;

use of castors and drop-leaf design allows for movement around room as needed;

drawer with original brass pull (false drawer with matching pull at other end);


design would be excellent for changing functions in the room; Sheraton style

somewhat dated by late 1830's, thus perhaps its relegation to a "secondary"


3 cane bottom chairs early 19th century; American (probably Baltimore area);

Hitchcock-type chair; black with polychrome seashell and floral decoration (early

but not original); common occasional chairs which would have-been very inexpensive

in their time and perfectly suited for an office or informal parlor

Sofa with cover early 19th century; American; Empire style; plain, manufactured,

relatively inexpensive; slip-covered to protect it from dust and dirt and to

keep it more comfortable (may have been originally upholstered in horsehair).

Note its incongruous large size in such a small room less concern then for

"matching" furniture stylistically or to its space

Print (landscape) "Ponis Castle;" 1836; English; Steel engraving by J. T.

Willmore after drawing by J. M. W. Turner (famous English landscape artist -

Burning of the Houses of Parliament; Rain, Speed and Steam); picturesque view of

English countryside; hunter stalking water fowl in foreground; Ponis Castle oi

hill in background. An eerie sort of romantic scene. /?So'/4f1/r 4/


Cut Glass decanter ca. 1820-30; probably English; molded and hand-cut decanter

for spiritous liquors

Pair of glasses ca. 1800-1810; English; small blown and hand-turned glasses for

"flip" or other popular drinks (flip is a drink made from rum and ale which is

heated and sweetened) Ae / ,- p.b...-

This glassware might be reserved for special guests or business associates

French Curtain reproduction of a ca. 1786 French copperplate print showing

France congratulating America on her independence (title: Homage d'Amerique Toile);
designed by Jean Baptiste Huet; printed at Jouy, France toilele de Jouy").
designed by Jean Baptiste Huet; printed at Jouy, France toilele de Jouy").


These textiles were imported heavily to America after the Revolution. (French
printed textiles listed in St. Augustine advertisements). This pattern would
have been fairly passe' by the 1830's, thus again its relegation to a secondary
Oil cloth reproduction of typical ixpensv 18th and early 19th century
floor covering; also called floorclothss;" plain cotton canvas.painted with
oil paint; black-and-white check pattern very typical and popular (probably
to imitate marble floor); floorcloths listed frequently in St. Augustine
Andirons early 19th century; American; simple cast-iron andirons used to hold

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