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Tilt-top table

Object number



Maker Unknown


Height: 27 1/4 in. (69.22 cm) Top: 32 3/4 32 1/2 in. (83.19 82.55 cm)



Current location

Historic New England (, formerly Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities


Made in Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); maple (block); block birch (cleats); white pine (brace)






The General Ichabod Goodwin (1743–1829), South Berwick, Maine; by descent to Elizabeth Hayes Goodwin (1895–1992), South Berwick, Maine; sold to the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (now Historic New England), Boston, 1966

Associated names

General Ichabod Goodwin House
Elizabeth Hayes Goodwin


The circular, three-board top has a plain, slightly rounded, thumb-molded edge. The underside is flat, having two metal straps attached with screws, and two wood cleats with square edges, slightly ogee ends, and incurvate profiles at the transitions from shallower to deeper portions, attached with wood-filled fasteners. A rectangular block atop a ring- and vase-turned pedestal is doweled into the cleats, allowing the top to tilt and the table to stand in a corner when not in use. The square, wedged top of the pedestal is visible in the top of the block. A brass latch secures the top to the block. A three-armed iron plate, punched with holes and attached with screws and rosehead nails, covers the joints between the cylindrical base of the pedestal and the three cabriole legs. The sides of the base are shaved flat where they meet the legs; the bottom of the base and the neighboring portions of the legs are slightly scalloped. The tops and bottoms of the legs are rounded; they end in shod snake feet formerly fitted with casters. Examined by P. E. Kane, November 22, 1998; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.


Brock Jobe and Myrna Kaye, New England Furniture: The Colonial Era (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984), 298–299, no. 73, ill.