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Pembroke table

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Maker, formerly attributed to James Halyburton, active 1790 to at least 1823



Current location

Private Collection


Made in Rhode Island, Possibly made in Warren, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); maple (hinged rails); pine (stationary rails, drawer linings, and drawer supports)




"This table is the property / of Sam[missing] Driscol / [missing and illegible]," in ink, on partial paper label glued to underside of one leaf


Samuel A. Driscoll (1810–1886), Warren, Rhode Island. Private collection, 2007

Associated names

Samuel A. Driscoll


The single-board top has bowed ends and a quarter round edge and is flanked by single-board leaves, similarly edged. The joint between them is quarter round. The top is secured to the frame by screw pockets, one in the skirt opposite the drawer opening and one in each inner rail and each outer rail. The inner and outer rails are attached with rosehead nails. The frame contains drawer supports and drawer stops nailed to the inner rails with rosehead nails, and drawer guides nailed to the inner rails with brads. The veneered drawer front has a line-inlaid edge and two dovetails, with half-pins above and below. The drawer sides and back are flat-topped and flush with the front. The single-board bottom is parallel to the front, chamfered at the front and the sides where it is set in grooves in the front and sides, and nailed with rosehead nails into the drawer back. The outer rails have square, five-knuckled hinges and trapezoidal leaf supports with carved finger slots on their underside. The square tapered legs are line, dot and inverted flower-inlaid on their outer faces and have inlaid cuffs. Notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd from photographs supplied by the owner.