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Tilt-top table

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Maker Unknown


Height: 28 1/4 in. (71.76 cm) Height, top up: 44 1/2 in. (113.03 cm) Width, feet: 23 1/4 in. (59.06 cm) Diameter, top: 30 1/2 in. (77.47 cm)



Current location

Colonel Daniel Putnam Association


Possibly made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Godfrey Malbone (1724–1785), Newport, Rhode Island, and Brooklyn, Connecticut; by descent to Mary Putnam Fogg (1843–1928), Brooklyn, Connecticut; bequeathed to Mary Putnam Clewly, Brooklyn, Connecticut; given to the Colonel Daniel Putnam Association, Brooklyn, Connecticut, 1928

Associated names

Godfrey Malbone
Mary Putnam Fogg
Mary Putnam Clewley


The circular, single-board top has a slightly rounded edge and is fitted underneath with two cleats, with rounded, tapering profiles and chamfered ends, fixed to it with countersunk screws, some with wood covers. A round brass catch locks the top to the top of the "birdcage" mechanism below. Dowels integral with the top of the "birdcage" and fitted into the cleats make the top tilt up in such a way as to allow the table to sit in the corner of a room when not in use. The "birdcage" consists of two rectangular blocks joined by short turned and tapering colonnettes and centering the pedestal top, which passes through a hole in the lower block and is held within the "birdcage" by a wood wedge. The columnar turned and tapering pedestal has a cylindrical base whose sides are not shaved where the legs are attached. The base of the pedestal is cut out between the legs. The joints between it and the legs are covered by a three-armed metal plate held on with rosehead nails. The cabriole legs are rounded on top and bottom and end in shod snake feet. Examined by P.E. Kane and J.N. Johnson, September 14, 2011; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd