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From: American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, vol. 10 (Alexandria, Va.: Highland House Publishers, 1987), 2677
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Maker, possibly by John Goddard, American, 1723–1785


24 ื 36 1/2 ื 22 in. (60.96 ื 92.71 ื 55.88 cm)



Current location

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia


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


Mahogany (primary); maple (cleats)




"Royal," in chalk, on underside, probably twentieth century along with illegible script, possibly eighteenth century


Elizabeth Hodgson Hickling (born 1745) Duxbury, Massachusetts; by descent to her daughter Sarah B. Bradford, Duxbury, Massachusetts; by descent to her daughters Lucia, Elizabeth, and Charlotte Bradford, Duxbury, Massachusetts; by descent to Lucia Alden Bradford Knapp (1834–1924), Plymouth, Massachusetts, 1891; by descent to her daughter Maria Bradford Royal (ne้ Knapp, born 1866), Plymouth, Massachusetts. Christie's, New York, June 16, 1984, lot 198. Israel Sack, Inc., New York, 1991; sold to June Hennage (1927–2020) and Joseph Howard Hennage (1921–2010), Chevy Chase, Maryland, and later Williamsburg, Virginia; by bequest to the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation, Virginia

Associated names

Elizabeth Hodgson Hickling
Sarah B. Bradford
Lucia, Elizabeth, and Charlotte Bradford
Israel Sack, Inc.
Lucia Alden Bradford Knapp
Maria Bradford Royal
Joseph Howard Hennage
June Elizabeth Stedman Hennage


The top is held to the frame with six maple cleats secured to the top with rosehead nails and rabbeted on one end to fit in slots the table frame; there are two cleats on each of the long sides and one on each of the short sides. Examined by P. E. Kane, September 11, 2003.


The origin of this table is uncertain. The way the top is held to the frame relates to a documented table by John Goddard (RIF4191); on the other hand, the table has a strong eastern Massachusetts provenance.

See also


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), 410, entry 36n1.
Christie's, New York, Fine American Furniture, Silver, and Decorative Arts, sale cat. (June 16, 1984), 79, lot 198, ill.
American Antiques from Israel Sack Collection, 10 vols. (Washington, D.C.: Highland House Publishers, 1957–89), vol. 10, p. 2677, no. P5614, ill.