Lyon, Irving Whitall, 1840-1896. / The colonial furniture of New England
Chapter VI. Tables., pp. -232 ff.
CHAPTER VI. TABLES. IN lists of the household furniture that belonged to our early settlers we occasionally find table-boards mentioned. The items, " In ye hall, One great table bord & forme, 14 s.; One short Table bord, 2 S.," occur in the inventory of Alice Jones, of Bos- ton, made in 1642. Table-boards are also found in the inventories of Salem, Mass., and in those of Hartford, Conn. They were not numerous. We have notes of them as late as 1738. "One table bord" is mentioned in the will of John Bynley, Minor Canon of Durham, made in 1564, and published by the Surtees Society. They are not often found in the English inventories that have been published. We are informed by Wright, in his "Dictionary of Obsolete and Provincial Eng- lish," that the expression table-board is of Cornish origin. Now the Anglo-Saxon name for the dining-table was board, derived literally from the upper part of the table which, in these early days, was a movable board, made up of sufficient length and breadth to
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