New England. Ca. 1730-1750. Retaining very early or original oxidized bittersweet-red paint paint history. Pine oval two board scrubbed top, maple legs, and what may be ash cross-stretchers. The cross-stretcher ball turnings are "sausage-like", rare in this form, as is the joinery which is not by mortice and tenon, rather similar to that of Windsor chairs. Note how the center "balls" are larger, roughly tapering to smaller at the sides, the charming lack of uniformity reflecting the turning by a primitive lathe. The legs are pinned into cleats (which conform in shape to the outer edge of the top), which are attached from the top via rose-head and T-head nails. The upper legs are joined by means of turned cross stetchers with center swells. Of particular note is the full height of the table, retaining most of the original turned feet. Sewing bird marks dot the edge of the underside of the top. In excellent conditon, surprisingly sturdy and strong, as the cleating and other joinery techniques have passed the test of two and one-half centuries. Top is 30 1/2 inches in length by 22 1/2 wide; about 25 inches tall. Small enough to use as a small side table, strong and stable to hold books to lighting to stoneware.
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