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Table


Object number

RIF4995

Maker

Maker Unknown

Date

1780–1800

Current location

Unknown

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
(view a map of Rhode Island)

Medium

Mahogany (primary); chestnut (drawer linings, central brace under the top, and glue blocks between the top and front and rear rails); white pine (blocks tenoned into the frame and nailed to the top, drawer supports); yellow poplar (drawer guides)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

Illegible graphite inside drawer back with element at center probably a numeral; "II," in graphite, on proper right exterior drawer side

Provenance

Nathan Liverant and Son, Colchester, Connecticut, 2010

Associated names

Nathan Liverant and Son

Construction

The top is attached to the frame with two blocks on each of the side rails that are tenoned into the rails and nailed to the top and through a brace that runs between the front and back rails and is nailed and screwed to the top. The joints of the top and the front and back rails are reinforced with glue blocks. Each joint of the rails and legs is secured with two pins. The drawer bottom is let into grooves in the sides and front and is nailed to the underside of the back with sprigs. Half-blind dovetails secure the sides to the drawer front. The top edges of the drawer sides are rounded and are somewhat lower than the drawer front; the top edge of the drawer back is flat with a very slight chamfer along the back edge. The brass appears to be original. Examined by P. E. Kane, June 28, 2011.

Bibliography

"Nathan Liverant and Son advertisement," Antiques 178, no. 4 (Summer 2010): 7, ill.