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Dining table

Object number



Maker Unknown


Height: 27 46 46 in. (68.58 116.84 116.84 cm) Width, leaves extended: 46 in. (116.84 cm) Length, leaves extended: 46 in. (116.84 cm)



Current location



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






Lois and Nathan Peters (1747–1824), Preston, Connecticut; by descent to their daughter Polly and her husband, Joshua Meech, Preston, Connecticut; by descent to their daughter Lucy and her husband, Alexander Kimmel, New York, and Saddle River, New Jersey; by descent to their daughter Augusta and her husband, David Ackerman, Saddle River, New Jersey; by descent to their daughter Mary (1885–1969) and her husband, Lasell Jacobs, Cliffside Park, New Jersey; by descent to their son Ferris Ackerman Jacobs (1913–1999), Warwick, New York; by descent to his son Ferris Julian Jacobs (born 1946), Warwick, New York, then Portland, Maine

Associated names

Major Nathan Peters
Lois Peters
Joshua Meech
Polly Peters Meech
David Ackerman
Lasell Jacobs
Ferris Ackerman Jacobs
Alexander Kimmel
Augusta Kimmel Ackerman
Ferris Julian Jacobs
Lucy Meech Kimmel
Mary Ackerman Jacobs


The rectangular, single-board top has a square edge, as do its rectangular, single-board leaves. The joint between them is quarter round. The top is attached to the skirt at screw pockets, one each in the flat-arched short rails, and two each in the stationary rails, which are joined to the hinged rails with rosehead nails. At the bottom of the long rails are two transverse braces each let into the stationary rail on one side and both the stationary rail and the stationary portion of the hinged rail on the other. The braces are attached to the rails with rosehead nails. The short and stationary rails are joined by dovetails, rabbeted to receive the swing leg. The hinged rails have round, five-knuckled wood hinges. The hinged legs join their rails with mortise and tenon joints, each exhibiting two pins. The cabriole legs have vigorously carved tendons and claws, clasping ball feet. Examined by P. E. Kane, November 2011; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.