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Pembroke table


Object number

RIF5610

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

Closed: 27 3/8 36 14 3/4 in. (69.53 91.44 37.47 cm) Depth, open: 35 in. (88.9 cm)

Date

1785–1805

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); chestnut (glue blocks on drawer, drawer sides, backs, and bottoms); birch (hinged rails); pine (stationary rails, rear rail, vertical blocks, top and lower front rails, drawer supports, and drawer fronts)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"Calvert Comstock" [in early twentieth-century script], in graphite, on underside of drawer; "X," in chalk, on underside of top near false drawer skirt and on corresponding face of skirt; "W[illegible letter]eld," in chalk, on underside of top

Provenance

Calvert Comstock (1812–1877), Rome, New York. Private collection, 1968

Associated names

Calvert Comstock

Construction

The single-board top has bowed ends and a double-beaded cove-molded edge, as do its leaves, (one two-board, the other one-board) to which it is joined by four sets of iron hinges, each leaf thrice-screwed, set inward from the legs and laid out by scribe lines across the underside of the top. The joint between the top and leaves has an ogee profile. The top is held to the frame by screw pockets, two in the rail above the drawer, two in the opposite rail, and one each at the midpoints of the inner rails. The inner and outer rails are joined by rosehead nails. Drawer stops, drawer guides and drawer supports are attached to the inner rails with rosehead nails. The false drawer skirt is bowed on the outside, and straight on the inside, where it has deeply carved pockets for the attachment of hardware. It is joined to the legs, as are the other rails, with mortise and tenon joints, and vertical quarter round glue blocks occupy its corners. There are four evenly spaced modern nails in the middle of the rail's underside. The drawer in the opposite skirt is solid and has a veneered and line-inlaid front, attached to its drawer sides with a dovetail joint, having long pins with half-pins above and below. The flat-topped drawer sides are flush with the drawer front, with their undersides, reinforced by rectangular horizontal glueblocks, acting as drawer runners. The two-board drawer bottom, parallel to the front, is set in grooves in the drawer front and sides, and nailed up into the drawer back with some early and some later brads. Each partially veneered outer rail contains a round wood six knuckled hinge and a trapezoidal leaf support from which is carved a finger pull. The upper portion of each square, tapered leg is inlaid with three "bookends," above a line and "segmented carrot" inlay on its outside faces. Examined by P. E. Kane and W. S. Braznell, August 22, 2012; notes compiled by T. B. Lloyd.