Posted 3 years ago
My house is full of antique furniture. While some pieces are exemplary quality examples, I don't keep a museum. My family and I actually use our antique dressers and sleep in our antique rope beds (updated with slats).
I have been hesitant to post the furniture because of the time it takes to remove clutter from the top, clear a drawer, etc... in order to show details. I looked today and found a couple of pieces that I can photograph easily and show some of the details that confirm age.
This particular example dates from about 1830- 1850. I like to call it a Pembroke Table, but single drawer drop leaf is just as appropriate.
I purchased it about 20 years ago in Southern VA. While location certainly doesn't indicate where it was made, I suspect that this example MAY be Southern in origin. The base wood of the piece is Walnut. Most NE pieces that I have seen from this era are made of mahogany.
The drawer has a beautiful and original glass pull.
The drawer side shows obvious signs of being hand dovetailed, with a guide line and uneven dovetails (photo #2).
Additionally, the drawer bottom is chamfered (photo #3). Chamfered drawers are always a key indicator (for me) when looking at antique furniture.
If I am looking at a supposed antique chest, the first thing I will do is pull out a drawer to look at the dovetails; next I run my hand under the drawer to feel for the chamfering of the bottom of the drawer. Chamfering indicates hand work and quality.
Finally, the swivel block used to support the "leaf" is shown as is the underside of the table (photo #4), please excuse the cob webs.
I hope that this little table wets your appetite for antique American furniture. I am more than happy to share my knowledge of antique furniture on this site. When I was in my early 20s I met an antique dealer who spent a lot of time SHOWING me the ropes on antique furniture. I learned from him for FREE and am willing to pass on what I learned to others.
As always reproduction of these images is prohibited. Reproduction of the furniture is highly encouraged!