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Photo: Courtesy The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia, Bequest of Francis Taliaferro Stribling Powell with the assistance of Mrs. Grace Powell, his widow, G1956-273
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Card table


Object number

RIF169

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Height: 71.76 cm (28 1/4 in.); Width: 86.2 cm (33 15/16 in.); Depth, open: 78.11 cm (30 3/4 in.); Depth, closed: 39.05 cm (15 3/8 in.)

Date

1785–1805

Current location

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia

Geography

Made in Newport, Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany (top, legs, brackets and cock beads, and veneer on front and side rails); birch (hinged rails); white pine (front rails, side rails, inner rear rails, hinged rail spacer blocks, and glue blocks)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

None

Style

Federal, Chippendale

Provenance

Frances Bragg Cuthbert and James Cuthbert, Norfolk, Virginia; by descent to their daughter, Mrs. Francis Taliaferro Stribling (née Henrietta Frances Cuthbert, 1813–1889), Staunton, Virginia; by descent to her daughter, Mrs. Hugh Lee Powell (née Ella Matilda Stribling, born 1833), Staunton; by descent to her children, Lucy Lee Powell (born 1868), Louise M. Powell (born 1871), and Francis T. S. Powell (born 1874), Staunton; bequeathed by Francis T. S. Powell to The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia, with a life right for his wife, Grace Powell; The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia, 1956

Associated names

James Cuthbert
Frances Bragg Cuthbert
Henrietta Frances Cuthbert
Dr. Francis Stribling
Ella Matilda Stribling
Lucy Lee Powell
Louise M. Powell
Francis T. S. Powell
Grace Powell

Construction

The table has two single-board leaves; the lower leaf is attached to the frame with screws driven through pockets in the table's rails (two in front, two in rear, and one in each side). The front rail is made up to two vertical laminates. The front and side rails are tenoned into the front legs; the left side rail is dovetailed to the stationary rail; and the right side rail is probably tenoned into the right rear leg. Each corner of the inner frame is reinforced with a single full-height quarter round glue block. The fixed hinge rail is separated from the inner rear rail by two vertical spacer blocks. The stationary rear rail is secured to the fixed hinge rail by a wrought finishing nail driven from the inside through the right spacer. The knuckles of the rounded swing hinge do not protrude through the stationary rear rail. The missing inner drawer was originally supported on now missing runners that were tenoned into the front rail and nailed to the inner rear rail. The inner face of the swing hinge rail was relieved slightly to allow clearance for the knob on the interior drawer. The table has one leaf-edge tenon. Source: Colonial Williamsburg, catalogue record 1956-273. For the online record, see Card Table (Acc. No. 1956-273), Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia, Emuseum, http://emuseum.history.org/code/emuseum.asp (accessed March 19, 2012).

See also


Bibliography

Barry A. Greenlaw, New England Furniture at Williamsburg (Williamsburg, Va.: The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia, 1974), 162–163, no. 141, G1956-273, ill.
Brock Jobe, Gary R. Sullivan, and Jack O'Brien, Harbor and Home: Furniture of Southeastern Massachusetts, 1710–1850 (Hanover, N.H.: University Press of New England, 2009), 411, entry 41n3.