Eighteenth-century households used breakfast tables for a variety of activities, from serving breakfast, tea and other light repasts to sewing, reading, and writing. Their small and compact design made them convenient and easy to store. Family tradition maintains that George Washington presented this table to the famed artist and entrepreneur, Charles Willson Peale. More





Mahogany (top, legs, stretchers, veneer), yellow poplar (outer side rails), white pine (inner side rails, end rail, glue blocks, drawer runners, drawer front and back), light wood (inlay)


Overall (open): 27 3/8 in. x 39 in. x 30 7/8 in. (69.53 cm x 99.06 cm x 78.42 cm)
Overall (closed): 27 3/8 in. x 19 1/2 in. x 30 7/8 in. (69.53 cm x 49.53 cm x 78.42 cm)


Purchase, 1891

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