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Dining table


Object number

RIF6554

Maker

Maker Unknown

Dimensions

27 46 1/8 46 3/4 in. (68.6 117.2 118.7 cm); Width closed: 15 7/8 in. (40.3 cm)

Date

1740–80

Current location

Private collection

Geography

Made in North Kingstown, Rhode Island
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Medium

Mahogany (primary) maple (hinged rails); chestnut (stationary rails)

Inscriptions

"Christoper Wightman," in ink, on paper label glued to one hinged rail

Style

Queen Anne

Provenance

Christopher F. Wightman (1827–1923), North Kingstown, Rhode Island; by descent in his family

Associated names

Christopher Wightman

Construction

The reshaped oblong top is joined to its reshaped leaves by six wrought-iron hinges, each leaf thrice screwed. One hinge has been reversed. The joints between the single-board top and leaves are quarter-round. The top is now joined to its frame by two L-shaped metal brackets, each screwed into the underside of the top and the inside face of each straight-skirted short rail. One such bracket is screwed into a (later) block which itself is screwed into the short rail. The inside rails are fixed to the stationary portions of the outside rails by rosehead nails. At the corners of the frame beside each hinged outside rail is a quarter-round vertical glue block. The inside rails meet the short rails at each swinging rail in dovetail joints having large, thick-necked pins with half-pins above and below. The stationary ends of the outer rails are tenoned and twice-pinned to the rectangular blocks atop the legs. The swinging ends are similarly joined to their legs; the rectangular blocks are rabbeted to fit over the corners of the short rails and one joint is reinforced with screws. The joints between one swinging rail and one stationary rail and their respective legs are reinforced by L-shaped metal brackets. Each swinging rail moves by means of a round, carved wood, five-knuckled hinge. The round, tapering legs end in outset shod pad feet with incised ankles. Examined by P.E. Kane May 15, 2018; notes compiled by T.B. Lloyd.

Notes

The top was reshaped at a later date.