Additional Information: Overhanging rectangular top over a single drawer skirt
supported by block and turned legs joining box stretcher. Amazing untouched
surface…the base painted, top is scrubbed displaying a rich color and patina. Original
turned wood drawer pull.
Examination of this rare and outstanding table was done to determine authenticity, specifically whether
the top was original to the base. The table, having turned legs joined by stretchers and scalloped aprons
features a mellow brown color with remaining evidence of red wash of paint. This red paint is more
noticeable at the more protected upper areas of base. The top was removed to examine it for previous
and present attachments. The top, which was originally held to its base with four wooden pegs, is now
held by screws. These screws are utilizing the original peg holes in the top. A deformed shape in the
wood of the top around the holes can be clearly seen on the underside. The wood movement and
shaping were caused from the top shrinking and expanding around the original wooden pins. The
present screws are small enough that they did not disturb this evidence and the shape of the square
wooden pin is still visible on the underside of the top. This same wooden pin evidence is still present in
the top of the legs. Two battens or cleats are attached to the underside of the top, most likely to
prevent it from cupping and keeping it relatively flat. A shadow line on the top of the base the thickness
of this batten is visible on the sides of the base which are not in contact with the battens. This shadow
line indicates that at some point this top was rotated 90-degrees. Several additional holes in the top of
the legs bear witness to this reattachment. All holes in the top of the legs can be accounted for between
the two different attachments and no additional holes are present. The coloration on the underside of
the top and on the inside of the aprons is consistent and the top shows no signs of not being original to
the base; the conclusion is that this is an authentic period table retaining its original top.
(H: 24.75"; top: 31.25 by 24.75")
Rectangular top retaining original breadboard ends on plain apron containing dingle
drawer raised on robustly turned legs joined by box stretcher; original feet are full
height. Wonderful old honey color. (Height: 26"; top: 40" x 25.5")
Although rarely encountered, the use of ash legs is sometimes found on Boston highboys. The Oval top raised on double-splayed block and ring-turned reverse-tapered legs resting on button feet; joined by plain apron and box stretcher. The red paint was likely refreshed during the 19th century when a neatly fashioned cleat with tapered ends was added; likely to facilitate the removal of slight cupping of top. We commissioned our expert cabinetmaker to carefully remove the top and photograph all aspects. The top appears to be the first and only top secured with original wooden pegs; cleat is affixed to top by square cut nails and a combination of handmade screws and later screws.
Scrubbed rectangular top having applied molded edges on plain apron featuring long drawer, the whole raised on baluster turned legs ending in cylindrical feet; the legs joined by box stretcher (Cleats added to underside of top at short end of apron; H: 26.25”; top: 26.5 by 41.5”)
The pine top featuring boldly-molded edges is pinned to the maple frame and has a molded lower edge. The drawer with thumb-molded maple facing, poplar sides and back, and birch bottom appears to retain original brass hardware. The block and turned legs featuring single elongated baluster and crisp reel turnings are raised on ball feet, and are joined by molded box stretcher. The table displays nice nineteenth century red paint over salmon over original black.
Rectangular top with breadboard ends pinned to plain apron with single drawer having turned pull; baluster turned legs joined by box-stretcher raised on turned feet. There are a few tight shrinkage fissures in top with all else fine.
(H: 28"; top: 28 by 39.5")
The rectangular maple top has breadboard ends that were simply affixed with nails; top rests on a plain apron decorated with quirk bead molding and contains a short drawer made of chestnut with a pine front. The drawer is of dovetail construction and is entirely pegged; pegs are the same shape as those securing apron and stretcher joints. The baluster turned legs are full height and are joined by the box stretcher having conforming bead molding. (H: 24.75"; Top: 29 by 18.75".)
As depicted, generously proportioned top retaining original bread-board ends pinned to plain apron with bead-molded lower edge raised on turned tapering legs resting on pad-feet. (Height: 26"; top: 28.5 x 41".)
A rare diminutive size displaying original surface, once over-painted with thin pigment that did not survive the vestiges of time; only scattered traces of paint remain.
(Some height loss, else fine and original; dimensions: H: 22"; top: 16.5 by 28"
As depicted, the rectangular top with molded edge is pinned to the plain apron which is raised on turned legs joined by turned medial stretcher. The single drawer is joined with large dovetails typical of the early period; feet are full height.
It appears that the cleats were added later in the tables life to "pull down" the top approximating shrinkage fissures. The drawers turned wood pull is a replacement. (Height: 29"; Top: 32.5 x 23".)
The overhanging top on plain apron having single drawer; turned legs joined by box stretcher and raised on button feet. Imperfections. (Height: 26.5"; top: 25.75 x 41")
718-18 - SOLD
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