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From: Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "A Catalog of the Rhode Island Historical Society Furniture Collection," Rhode Island History vol. 16, no.2 (April 1957): 62–63, no. 27, ill.
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Pembroke table

Object number



Maker Unknown
Maker, formerly attributed to Holmes Weaver, American, 1769–1848, active 1796–1848


27 3/4 19 32 1/4 in. (70.49 48.26 81.92 cm)



Current location



Made in Rhode Island
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Mahogany and light and dark wood inlay (primary); white pine (medial braces, drawer bottom, end rail, and stationary rails); yellow poplar (drawer sides); maple (hinged rails); chestnut (glue blocks)




"E," or "3," in chalk, underside of top; "N X 2," in chalk, inside of drawer back; "3" and "3," in chalk, front corners of drawer front proper left side; "4" and "4," in chalk, front corners of drawer front proper right side


Henry A. Hoffman (born 1873), Barrington, Rhode, Island and Litchfield, Connecticut; given to the Rhode Island Historical Society, Providence, 1953; consigned to Sotheby's, New York, October 7, 2006, lot 223

Associated names

Henry A. Hoffman
The Rhode Island Historical Society


The single-board top has bowed ends and a square, line-inlaid edge and is flanked by half round leaves to which it is connected by four sets of iron hinges with six screws, set inward from the legs. The joint between top and leaves is quarter round. The hinge scribe lines continue across the underside of the top. The top is attached to the frame by a screw in the long block behind the rail above the drawer, by screw pockets- one in the thrice-laminated false drawer skirt and two each in the outer rails- and by chamfered longitudinal glue blocks within the frame. A transverse batten at the midpoint of the underside of the top is let into grooves in the inner rails and glued to the top. Directly below the batten is a brace, in line with the square, five-knuckled hinges, dovetailed into the bottom of the inner rails and lapped over the drawer supports. The bow-fronted solid drawer front has a line-inlaid edge and neat dovetails with half-pins above and below. The square tops of the drawer sides and back are flush with the drawer front. The single-board drawer bottom, perpendicular to the front, is chamfered at its front and sides, and let into the drawer front and sides above. The bottom is joined to the drawer back with rosehead nails. Long rectilinear glue block/runners reinforce the joints between drawer bottom and sides. The drawer supports are nailed to the inner rails with rosehead nails, as are the vertical drawer stops. Inner and outer rails are joined with rosehead nails. The outer rails have trapezoidal leaf supports with carved finger holes. The interior corners of the frame opposite the drawer have thin rectangular glue blocks. The legs are joined to the partially veneered skirt with mortise and tenon joints, exhibiting scribe lines on the underside of the rails. The square tapered legs are line, urn and flower-inlaid on their outer faces only. Examined by P. E. Kane and M. Taradash, September 30, 2006; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

See also


Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., "Catalog of the Rhode Island Historical Society Furniture Collection," Rhode Island History 16, no. 2 (April 1957): 62–63, no. 27, ill.
Sotheby's, New York, Important Americana Including Property from the Rhode Island Historical Society, sale cat. (October 7, 2006), 159, lot 223, ill.