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Photo: Courtesy Preservation Society of Newport County, R.I., 1667; photo by Rhode Island Furniture Archive
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Pembroke table

Object number



Maker Robert Lawton, Jr., 1772–1853


27 18 30 3/4 in. (68.58 45.72 78.105 cm) 27 35 30 3/4 in. (68.58 88.9 78.105 cm)



Current location

Preservation Society of Newport County


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); maple and pine (secondary)


"Robert Lawton, / Junior, / CABINET-MAKER, carries on said / Business, in its various Branches, in / Spring Street [script in ink] Also has on Hand, the / new-invented Spring, Crimping, Press and / Crimping Boards– with several Kinds of / portable Writing Desks. No. 33 [script, o superscript with pellet below] / Newport. 4 [4 script in ink] of 10 [10 script in ink] Mon. 1798 [1798 script in ink]," printed and written in ink, on a paper label glued to one hinged rail


"Mrs. Mary B. Safford," in graphite, on small paper label


Possibly Mrs. Mary B. Safford. Mr. Ralph E. Carpenter (1909–2009) and Mrs. Ralph E. (Cynthia R.) Carpenter, Scarsdale, New York, before 1953; given to the Preservation Society of Newport County, Rhode Island, 1953

Associated names

Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr.
Mrs. Mary B. Safford
Cynthia R. Carpenter


Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "The Newport Exhibition," Antiques 64, no. 1 (July 1953): 41, fig. 13.
Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., The Arts and Crafts of Newport, Rhode Island, 1640–1820 (Newport, R.I.: Preservation Society of Newport County, 1954), 86, no. 58, ill.