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From: Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture (Providence, Rhode Island: The Providence Historical Society, 1965): 45, fig.36
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Card tables, pair

Object number



Maker, attributed to Stephen and Thomas Goddard, ca. 1785–1804


closed: 27 5/8 36 1/8 17 7/8 in. (70.168 91.758 45.403 cm)



Current location

The Rhode Island Historical Society


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany, mahogany veneer, dark and light wood inlay, and ivory (primary); birch (hinged rail); pine (stationary rail, laminates of front and side rails, and glue blocks)




On one table (1953.1.21): “X X,” incised on back surface of proper-left front leg; “X,” incised on adjacent front rail; on the other table (1953.1.22); illegible chalk, on outside of hinged rail


Henry A. Hoffman (born 1873), Barrington, Rhode, Island and Litchfield, Connecticut; given to the Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, 1953

Associated names

Henry A. Hoffman


Each table has a half-round, line-inlaid top with a square, line-inlaid edge, joined to its upper leaf with brass hinges set into their outside rear corners. The top is secured to its conformingly shaped frame by five screw pockets ? one in each segment of the front rail and one inside each end of the interior back rail. Each portion of the front rail consists of four laminations; presumably the rails are tenoned, without wood pins, to the front legs. On one table a tapered, chamfered block is screwed to the upper portion of the inside face of the proper left front leg. The interior back rail is joined to the stationary portion of the exterior back rail with rosehead nails. In each rear corner of the frame is a large vertical glue block. The proper left inside rear leg and its attendant rail swing outward by means of a square, carved wood, five-knuckled hinge; the proper right inside rear leg is fixed. The rear rails, swinging and stationary, are tenoned to their respective legs without wood pins. The square, tapering legs are line-inlaid on their outside faces only. One tabletop has a filled dowel hole on the proper right end of its back edge, between the rear legs. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, June 25, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

See also


Joseph K. Ott, The John Brown House Loan Exhibition of Rhode Island Furniture, exh. cat. (Providence: The Rhode Island Historical Society, 1965), 44–45, no. 36, ill.
Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "Catalog of the Rhode Island Historical Society Furniture Collection," Rhode Island History 16, no. 2 (April 1957): 60–61, no. 26, ill.
Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 405nn1–2.