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Dining table

Object number



Maker Unknown


Closed: 29 3/4 17 3/4 54 1/2 in. (75.57 45.09 138.43 cm)



Current location



Made in Rhode Island
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Walnut (primary); maple (hinged and stationary rails and blocks rabbeted to the rails and nailed to the top); pine (vertical glue blocks)






Bernon Elijah Helme (1857–1944), South Kingstown, Rhode Island, by 1926. South County Art Association, Kingstown, Rhode Island, before 2007; consigned to Christie's, New York, January 18–19, 2007, lot 571; sold to C. L. Prickett, Inc., Yardley, Pennsylvania

Associated names

South County Art Association
Bernon Elijah Helme
C. L. Prickett, Inc.


The oblong, single- board top has a molded, quarter round edge, and is flanked by five-sided, single-board leaves. Small rectangular blocks set into grooves in the inner rails and fixed with rosehead nails to the underside of the top help secure it to the frame. The inner and outer rails are held together by rosehead nails. The ends of the inner rails meet the scalloped, short, end rails in dovetail joints with large, thick-necked pins, with half-pins above and below, in which the rails alone are rabbeted. Vertical rectangular glue blocks reinforced with nails occupy each corner of the frame. The ends of the outer rails meet the short rails and the blocks atop the legs in twice-wood-pinned mortise and tenon joints. The blocks atop the swinging legs are rabbeted. The legs swing by means of round, carved wood, five-knuckled hinges. The legs are ring-turned and tapered, with outset pad feet. Examined by P. E. Kane, January , 2007; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.

See also


Christie's, New York, Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Silver, Prints, and Decoys, sale cat. (January 18–19, 2007), 282–283, lot 571, ill.
Luke Vincent Lockwood, Colonial Furniture in America, 3rd ed., 2 vols. (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 1926), vol. 2, pp. 202–203, fig. 723.