The highboy on the far wall once belonged to David Low (1759-1840), Roger Babson's great grandfather. There are several handwritten notes taped to the bottoms of the drawers:
The door had scarcely closed behind you when I remembered just where the information about your highboy was. My note reads "Bought of Mrs. Goram P. Low, at the great, 5.00 1884. Sold to Roger Babson, 1927, 1800.00. Mr. Poole offered 3000.00. It was in bad shape and not all the brasses were original."
I was glad nobody came in - they are apt to - at tea time. It was such a quiet, pleasant visit.
Aug. 30. 1924
I agree to take your hiboy[sic] and pay you $1500.00 for same.
Effie Poole Keffer
Written in pencil on this note is the following: "As an item of possible interest you may like to have this agreement. - A.M.B."
Gloucester, Mass. 14 Sept 1927
Thank you for your check for $1600.00 and letter. This morning Mr. Keffer of F.C. Poole, 7 Bond St. came and took the highboy. He promised to send it, carefully packed, per your instructions, to E.M. Reed, Washington St. Wellesley Hills, Mass, by American Express, insured for $1000.00. It will go in three for four days he said. All expenses charged to you. Poole's tel. no. is 1585 R, should you need it. I can only tell you this about my getting the highboy. I was in the neighborhood of fifteen years old. I happened to be passing the Low house on "The Green." Various bits of furniture were out on the front yard. I was looking at where Mrs. Gorham...[continued on reverse, not legible]
Leaning against the wall, to the right of the highboy is an ironing board that Nathaniel Babson (Roger's father) made for his wife to iron Roger's baby clothes. It was made out of the side of a packing box that brought goods from Boston to N.B.'s dry goods store in Gloucester.
Leaning against the mantelpiece by the ironing board is a sword that was used during the Civil War. It belonged to Dike "Yankee Bodley". It was presented to Roger Babson on September 5, 1936.
On the mantelpiece is a clock that was wound every day for over 50 years by Hersum Stearns of Amerst, NH. He was Roger Babson's great, great, great grandfather. A label on the back reads:
"This clock to be given to Elisa J Stearns
Bought by RWB 1939"
18th century furniture, civil war sword, 19th century timepiece