A few years back, this table was brought to my shop for repair. The condition was just what you might expect from a table of this type and age; loose leg joints and hinge joint damage on the folding top. It had a number of secondary issues as well, loosened and cracked veneer, a damaged finish with numerous dents and missing sections of cross-grain banding. It was barely standing upright.
This form of table is often referred to as demi-lune. Here is a basic nomenclature of the type, a photo of the table as it arrived at the shop:
A demi-lune four leg mahogany table with a two-piece folding top that opens to a circular surface. The top leaf when opened, is supported by the Proper Right rear leg which is attached to a hinged rail and swings outward.
Ht: 73.4 cm width: 91.4 cm depth: 45cm.
Rear Leg Split
Fly Leg Tenons
Hinge Joint Damage
Then Things Got Screwy…
I Fall To Pieces…
Brother From Another Mother…
Has Anyone Seen My Cuff-links?…
As Below So Above…
Ready To Step Out…
Research is part of my restoration process, in an effort to place the object in a timeline of furniture history. For a form of this sort there is one good source of information, which had a very limited printing, so borrowed it through inter-library loan. It is from this book that most of the terms identifying parts of the table were sourced. Using this book I also hoped to determine the origin of this table, but no luck. This excellent book is:
The Work of Many Hands: Card Tables in Federal America, 1790-1820 Benjamin A. Hewett, Patricia E. Kane and Gerald W.R. Ward, 1982, Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Connecticut: ISBN 10: 9111833165 ISBN 13: 9789111833165
An Apology: I took these photos when I was first learning to use an older digital camera, and edited them when I was learning to use the Paint software. Not my forte.
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