Federal Work Table in Original Red Surface

This is a classic example of a Federal period (1790-1820) work table in original red paint. The single board, breadboarded, top sits on a frame with one front drawer over tapered legs. The top measures 35 1/2" wide by 25 1/2" deep. The table stands 27" tall with no apparent loss to the legs. The construction is pinned mortise and tenon joints. The drawer is dovetailed front and back and has a single board chamfered, bottom. The wooden pull is hard turned.

The table originally had a single drop leaf on the back side which has been removed. The swing arm support remains as does the cut-out in the drawer back to allow the swing arm to function.

The red surface is original. The top has two age splits near the center which is typical for tables such as this, where the top was originally attached with nails through the top into the tops of the legs. The top had come loose and there is evidence of at least two early repairs. The recent reattachment of the top included minor restoration to the top surface.

The form of table is commonly put in the category of Tavern Tables but was often used as a back kitchen work table.

We were taken with the simple form and excellent original color of this table. It is ready for an honored place in a period setting.

Due to its size, it will need to be shipped by truck and those costs will be quoted at the time of your interest. We offer personal delivery within 100 miles of Philadelphia.

Item ID: FR0333

$2,250 $1,750 USD REDUCED

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Doug Robinson, Lower Gwynedd, PA   

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