Extension table

1843–45
Cornelius Briggs (American, 1787–1848)


Object Place: Boston, Massachusetts

Dimensions

Overall: 73 x 106.7 cm (28 3/4 x 42 in.) Other (extension of five leaves): 322.6 cm (127 in.) Other (each of five leaves): 43.2 x 106.7 cm (17 x 42 in.)

Accession Number

2007.338

Medium or Technique

Mahogany, mahogany veneer, chestnut

On View

The Heide Family Galleries (Gallery 238A)

Collections

Americas

Classifications

Tables, stands, screens

Inscription

Paper label affixed to underside of top:

"BRIGGS' PATENT

CENTRE EXTENSION TABLE.

TO OPEN THE TABLE.

1st. Take hold of the small handle at the left hand, and pull it towards you as far as it will go.
2d. Then with the right hand push up the knob hard, at the same time pull the table open with the left hand.

TO SHUT THE TABLE.

1st. Push the small handle from you as far as it will go.
2d. Take hold of the knob on the capstan, and wind u[p] brisk."

Stamped on iron handle:

"C.BRIGGS PATENT"

Ends of leaves stamped with numbers 1-5 (not original) according to location.

Provenance

Baltimore estate sale; purchased by Aileen Minor American Antiques, Centreville, Maryland. (Accession Date: May 23, 2007)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by Shirley and Walter Amory and Mr. and Mrs. Ulf B. Heide