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Pembroke table

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Maker, formerly attributed to Holmes Weaver, American, 1769–1848, active 1796–1848
Maker Unknown


27 7/8 36 31 1/4 in. (70.8 91.44 79.38 cm)



Current location

The Henry Ford


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany, mahogany veneer, and satinwood inlay (primary); maple (front rails and hinged rails); pine (drawer sides and back, drawer stops, drawer supports, stationary rails, rear corner blocks, and rear rail); yellow poplar (drawer bottom)






Israel sack, Inc., Boston; sold to The Henry Ford, Dearborn, Michigan, 1926

Associated names

Israel Sack, Inc.


The single-board oblong, square-edged top has bowed ends and is joined to its half-round leaves by four pairs of wrought-iron hinges set just inward of the legs; each leaf is thrice-screwed. The joint between top and leaves is quarter round. The top is secured to its frame by screwpockets ? two each inside the interior long rails and one inside the rail opposite the drawer ? and by a single screw in the underside of the rail above the drawer. The outer rails of the frame are tenoned, without visible wood pins, to the top of the legs. The rail opposite the drawer has a bowed outer face and a straight inner face; its upper portion appears to be a separate piece. The interior and exterior long rails are joined by rosehead nails. Each outer exterior rail contains a trapezoidal support swinging by means of a round, carved wood, six-knuckled hinges to support a leaf. The diagonal edge of each support and a neighboring portion of the exterior rail is carved out to provide finger access. A trapezoidal portion of veneer is glued to the outside ends of each exterior long rail, visible when the hinged leaves are down. Within the frame are two large quarter round glue blocks in the corners opposite the drawer. The rail below the drawer is double-tenoned to its neighboring legs. The drawer has supports and trapezoidal stops nailed with brads to the interior long rails. The crossbanded, veneered, kerf-marked and line-inlaid drawer front is bowed inside and out, meeting its flush, flat-topped drawer sides in dovetail joints having large, thick-necked pins reinforced with brads, with large half-pins above and narrow half-pins below. The drawer-front edges are nailed with brads at their ends beside the dovetail joints. The single-board drawer bottom is perpendicular to the front and chamfered at the front and sides, where it fits into grooves in the front and full-depth sides. It is nailed with brads into the flat-topped drawer back. On the outside faces of the top of each leg is an inlaid urn above interwoven line and tassel inlay. The legs? line inlay terminates in a cuff consisting of small, rectangular, butt-jointed portions of contrasting-colored wood. Examined by P. E. Kane and J. N. Johnson, August 4, 2014; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.


Patricia E. Kane et al., Art and Industry in Early America: Rhode Island Furniture, 1650–1830, exh. cat. (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2016), 402n3.
William C. Ketchum Jr., American Cabinetmakers: Marked American Furniture, 1640-1940 (New York: Crown Publishers, 1995), 360–361.