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From: "John Walton, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 125 (January 1984): 4
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Card table

Object number



Maker, possibly by John Goddard, American, 1723–1785


Closed: 28 1/2 35 1/2 17 1/2 in. (72.39 90.17 44.45 cm)



Current location

Private Collection


Made in Newport, Rhode Island
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Mahogany (primary); soft maple (stationary and hinged rails and medial brace); eastern white pine (glue blocks); hickory (hinge pin)




"Mr. Edwards," in graphite, in nineteenth-century script on underside of top


By descent in the Salter-Edwards family of Massachusetts, and Nova Scotia, Canada; sold to John S. Walton, Inc., Griswold and Jewett City, Connecticut, by 1983; sold to Ann Holzer (1917–1999) and Philip Holzer (1919–2011), Great Neck, New York, 1983; by decent to Stuart Holzer, Briarcliff Manor, New York, 2011; by partial gift to his children Brooke Kienle, New Brunswick, New Jersey, Craig Holzer, Brooklyn, and Leah Holzer, Brooklyn; by gift to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn., 2020

Associated names

Salter-Edwards family
John S. Walton, Inc.
Ann Holzer
Philip Holzer


The lower half of the top is attached to the frame by three screws through the front skirt and two through the stationary rear rail, and by four glue blocks on the front and back and one at each end. The front and side rails, are tenoned into the front legs. The stationary rail is dovetailed to the side rails, and the joints are reinforced by vertical glue blocks. A vertical medial brace is dovetailed to the back and front rails. The thick outer rear rail is divided by a pair of five-fingered knuckle-joint hinges into three parts?two swinging ones, to which the rear legs are attached, and a stationary middle one.The side rails are rabetted at the back to accommodate the rear legs.


Some Rhode Island card tables on cabriole legs with claw-and-ball front feet and pad rear feet have blocked corners, as well as blocking at the center of the front skirt. See the related examples below.

See also


Michael Moses, Master Craftsmen of Newport: The Townsends and Goddards (Tenafly, N.J.: MMI Americana Press, 1984), 230, fig. 5.19–5.19a.
"John Walton, Inc., advertisement," Antiques 125, no. 1 (January 1984): 4, ill.
Philip Holzer, Philip and Ann Holzer Collection (n.p.: privately printed, 1990), 4–7, no. 2, fig. 2.1–2.4.