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Card table

Object number



Maker Unknown


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



Current location

Diplomatic Reception Rooms, Department of State


Made in Providence, Rhode Island, or made in Massachusetts
(view a map of Rhode Island)


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




"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


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

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


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, Inc., 1991), 212–213, no. 122, ill.