As Tommy prepared to build a simple keepsake box with herringbone veneering on the top, he traveled to Adams National Historical Park in Quincy, Massachusetts, where he visited Peacefield, home to Presidents John Adams and John Quincy Adams and the residence of successive generations of Adams until 1927. “Old House” as it is called, is furnished with a spectacular collection of period furnishings and decorative arts gathered by the Adams at home and abroad and preserved as a window into the world of the prosperous New Englanders in the late 18th and 19th centuries.
Here, Tommy has found multiple sources of inspiration for his work from elegant pieces including a Queen Anne highboy, Federal style mahogany banquet table and his personal favorite, John Adams’ 1775 French secretary upon which, in 1783, Adams signed the Peace Treaty of Paris. The drop front desk is particularly notable for its exceptional ornamentation including carved pilasters and intricate inlaid veneer work. An inlaid basketweave pattern with quatrefoils embellishes the panels of the desk’s lower doors while banding inlays decorate the secretary’s top edge.