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Dining table


Object number

RIF1113

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Closed: 72.39 x 55.25 x 112.71 cm (28 1/2 x 21 3/4 x 44 3/8 in.); Width, open: 159.07 cm (62 5/8 in.)

Date

1770–1800

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Probably made in Rhode Island, or possibly made in Connecticut
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany (primary); maple and pine (secondary)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Hepplewhite, Federal

Provenance

Mrs. F. E. Hayden, custodian of the Pardee-Morris House, East Haven, Connecticut; given to the New Haven Colony Historical Society, Connecticut, before 1970 until 2005 (deaccessioned)

Associated names

Mrs. F. E. Hayden
Pardee-Morris House
New Haven Museum and Historical Society

Construction

The oblong, rectangular, square-edge, single-board top is flanked by rectangular leaves, to which it is attached by iron hinges, whose leaves are each thrice-screwed. The top is secured to its frame by screw pockets in the short end rails, and in the long inner rails, by diagonal braces set into grooves in the inner rails, and by multiple rectilinear and trapezoidal glue blocks. The inner rails are joined by a medial transverse brace, with two vertical chamfered glue blocks at each end. The inner and outer rails are joined by rosehead nails. Each interior corner of the frame contains a vertical glue block. The swinging portions of the outer rails move by means of carved-wood, knuckled hinges. The short, flat-arch-skirted rails meet the ends of the inner rails in dovetail joints, having thin, narrow-necked pins, with half-pins above and below. The tops of the legs which fit over these dovetailed corners are rabbeted. The square legs are chamfered on their inside faces. Examined by P. E. Kane; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.