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Pembroke table


Object number

RIF6470

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

27 1/2 × 32 × 18 1/2 in. (69.85 × 81.28 × 46.99 cm)

Date

1790–1810

Current location


Geography

Probably made in Bristol, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary); birch (hinged rails); pine (stationary rails and blocks); yellow poplar (drawer linings)

Marks

None

Inscriptions

"A" and "B," in chalk, on underside of top inside stationary rails

Style

Hepplewhite, Federal

Provenance

Possibly Nelson Miller (1754–1840), Warren and Bristol, Rhode Island; by descent to his son James Miller (1795–1846), Bristol, Rhode Island; by descent to his son Augustus Nelson Miller (1816–1901), Bristol, Rhode Island; by descent to his daughter Mrs. Fielding Lewis Williams (née Abby Louisa Miller, 1842–1927), Bristol, Rhode Island; by descent to her daughter Mrs. William Frederick Williams (née Mildred Lewis Williams, 1867–1928), Bristol, Rhode Island; by descent to her husband Dr. William Frederick Williams (1859–1931), Bristol, Rhode Island; by descent to his son William Frederick Williams, Jr. (1896–1959), Bristol and Providence, Rhode Island; by descent in his family

Associated names

Nelson Miller
James Miller
Augustus Nelson Miller
Abby Louisa Miller Williams
Mildred Lewis Williams Williams
Dr. William Frederick Williams
William Frederick Williams, Jr.

Construction

The rectangular single-board, square-edged top is joined to its rectangular, square-edged leaves with four pairs of cast iron hinges, each leaf thrice-screwed, and laid out with scribe lines. The joints between top and leaves are quarter round. The top is screwed to its frame ? once in the rail above the single drawer, once inside the opposite rail, and twice in the outside faces of each exterior longitudinal rail. There are rectangular horizontal glue blocks ? one inside the top rail above the drawer, one at the joint between the top and the opposite rail, and one each at the joints between the longitudinal rails and the rail opposite the drawer. The rails are tenoned, without wood pins, to the tops of their respective legs. Additional longer blocks behind the top rail above the drawer also serve as tip bars. The interior and exterior longitudinal rails are joined by rosehead nails. The single drawer-front meets its slightly shorter, scribe-marked, flat-topped, full-depth drawer sides in dovetail joints having finely cut, narrow-necked pins with half-pins above and below. The single-board drawer bottom, parallel to the front, is chamfered at the front and sides, where it fits into grooves, and is accompanied by longitudinal glue blocks; the front block below the drawer front is full-width. The drawer bottom is nailed with brads to its flat-topped drawer back. Drawer supports with chamfered ends are fixed with rosehead nails to the interior rails, and vertical stops, similarly attached, are shaped to align with the supports? ends. Each exterior rail contains a round carved wood, five-knuckled hinge which allows a trapezoidal block, the bottom of which is carved out for a finger hold, to support the leaf. Wedges screwed to the outside of each leaf?s underside serve as stops for the supports. Examined by P.E. Kane and E. Litke, July 20, 2017; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.