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Dining table

Object number



Maker Unknown


Height: 27 1/2 in. (69.85 cm) Width, closed: 17 in. (43.18 cm) Width, open: 51 3/8 in. (130.493 cm) Depth: 53 1/4 in. (135.255 cm)



Current location

Shelburne Museum, Vermont


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); maple (hinged and stationary rails and battens); chestnut (corner blocks)




"X," in chalk, on interior of one stationary rail near joint with leg


Shelburne Museum, Vermont


The oblong top has bowed ends and a quarter round edge, and is joined to its half-round leaves by six sets of hinges (some reset), each leaf thrice-screwed, set near the corners and the mid-point of the frame, to which the top is joined by screws, countersunk into three transverse cleats, and by one screw pocket in each of the serpentine-skirted short rails. Two cleats, near the ends of the frame, pass through slots in the top of the rails and are screwed into the underside of the top at their squared-off, slightly chamfered ends. The middle cleat does not pass through the rails, and is screwed at its midpoint to the top. The inner (stationary) and outer (hinged) rails are joined by rosehead nails. The inner rails are joined by two transverse battens dovetailed into their respective bottoms. Vertical rectilinear glue blocks (one missing) occupy the corners where the short, stationary and swinging portion of the outer rails converge. The stationary and hinged portions of the hinged rails meet the blocks atop the legs in mortise and tenon joints, showing two wood pins each. The inner nails meet the short rails at the hinged portion of the outer rail in rabbeted dovetail joints, having finely cut, narrow-necked pins, with half-pins above and below. The legs swing by means of round, carved wood, five-knuckled hinges. The cabriole legs have knee brackets applied with brads, angular knees, rounded ankles and high, flaring "shoes" beneath their pad feet. Examined by P.E. Kane, May 23, 2008; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd