Lyon, Irving Whitall, 1840-1896. / The colonial furniture of New England
Chapter VI. Tables., pp. -232 ff.
TABLES Edinburgh is twelve feet nine inches in length by seven feet nine inches in width. Another of similar size was published by Mr. Robinson in "The Art Journal" for June, 1881. These great tables were supplied with a leaf on each side, and with oval end pieces made separate from the main table. An oval end piece which had belonged to such a table is pre- served in the rooms of the Connecticut Historical Society of Hartford. Its framework is very heavy, the legs being three and five eighths inches square between the turnings. The width of the top is seven feet four inches, and this is not quite as wide as the main table of which it was a part. A little table with a folding frame of this same style, but with a circular top in one piece, is shown in Fig. 99 from the Hosmer collection. The table is made to stand on the floor and to support its top in the horizontal position by placing the two por- tions of the frame at right angles with each other. By folding these parallel with each other the top falls on a hinge to a vertical line, just as is often seen in stands and stand tables, and the table thus folded being unable to support itself is placed in a closet, or against the wall at the side of the room. A style of table very common in New England, from about the beginning of the eighteenth century, is shown in Fig. ioo from the Hosmer collection. The tops were usually round or oval, but sometimes
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