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Card table


Object number

RIF671

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Closed: 73.5 x 90.96 x 44.13 cm (28 15/16 x 35 13/16 x 17 3/8 in.)

Date

1790–1820

Current location

Diplomatic Reception Rooms, Department of State

Geography

Made in Providence, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); eastern white pine, cherry, and hickory (secondary); mahogany veneer, light and dark wood inlay, and satinwood

Marks

Unknown

Inscriptions

"This inlaid Table was / given to Aunt Harmony / Hamilton by her Step-Mother / who was a native of / East Haddam Conn - and / went back there after / Grandfather / Emmons death in 1835- (Aunt Mary gives it to Charly)," on underside of top; "Caroline C. McElwain," on paper label, torn and largely illegible

Style

Hepplewhite

Provenance

Probably Ebenezer Emmons (1766–1835), Middlefield, Massachusetts; by descent to his second wife, Olivia (or Olive) Adams Emmons (ca. 1774–1849); by descent to her stepdaughter, Harmony Emmons Hamilton (born 1807); by descent to Caroline Church McElwain (1839–1929) and her husband Edwin McElwain (1833–1911); by descent to their son, Charles Church McElwain (born 1872); by descent to his grandson James R. McElwain; given to the Diplomatic Reception Rooms, Department of State, Washington, D.C., 1968

Associated names

Ebenezer Emmons
Olivia/Olive Adams Emmons
Harmony Emmons Hamilton
Caroline Church McElwain
Edwin McElwain
Charles Church McElwain
James R. McElwain
James R. McElwain

Bibliography

Clement E. Conger, Alexandra W. Rollins, and Mary Itsell, Treasures of State: Fine and Decorative Arts in the Diplomatic Reception Rooms of the U.S. Department of State (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1991), 212–213, no. 122, ill.