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Tilt-top table

Object number



Maker Unknown


Height: 28 in. (71.12 cm) Diameter: 31 3/4 in. (80.645 cm)



Current location

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


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






Emma Franklin Estabrook; given to the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (now Historic New England), Boston, 1941

Associated names

Emma Franklin Estabrook


The circular, one-board top has a molded edge. The underside steps down slightly inside the outer edge. Fixed to its underside with countersunk and surface-mounted screws are two cleats with square edges and ogee-shaped transitions from deeper to shallower portions. A rectangular block atop a ring-turned tapering pedestal is doweled into the cleats, allowing the top to tilt and the table to sit against a wall when not in use. A brass latch secures the top to the block. The square, wedged top of the pedestal is visible in the top of the block. The three round-topped, flat-bottomed cabriole legs meet the flat-skirted bottom of the pedestal in joints covered by a three-armed metal plate held on with three screws and four (one missing) rosehead nails. The sides of the legs are concave-carved. The legs end in stylized claw and ball feet. Examined by P. E. Kane, December 11, 1998; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

See also


Patricia E. Kane, "The Palladian Style in Rhode Island Furniture: Fly Tea Tables," American Furniture (1999): 6, fig. 5.
Brock Jobe and Myrna Kaye, New England Furniture: The Colonial Era (Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 1984), 300–302, no. 74, fig. 74–74b.