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Label

The daughter of Susan Pellet, the first secretary of the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association, presented this handsome card table to the Mount Vernon Ladies' Association in 1906. Miss Pellet stated it originally belonged to George Washington at Mount Vernon, but this history is the subject of ongoing research. Its use of yellow pine, maple or poplar, and oak as secondary woods suggests a Pennsylvania, Maryland, or Virginia origin.

Description

Square card table with a single, cockbeaded drawer on four, straight or Marlborough legs (three fixed, left rear fly) chamfered on their inside corners and terminating in square block feet; two-board top with ovolo-molded edges meets in a butt joint and is secured with brass hinges at sides, no leaf-edge tenons; overhanging fixed board screwed to frame; rectangular frame has mahogany-veneered, solid side rails and a double rear rail, the outer or hinge rail is divided into two sections: the fixed hinge rail is nailed to the inner rail and is attached to the fly rail with two iron butt hinges (a repair); overlapping flyleg; skirt with astragal molding nailed along the bottom outside edge; solid drawer front with two, post-and-bail brass handles.

Date

1760-1790


Material/Technique

Mahogany (legs, top, drawer blade, veneer), oak (outer rear rail, fly rail), possibly maple or poplar (drawer bottom, drawer glue blocks), yellow pine (side rails, inner rear rail, drawer runners, drawer sides and back)


Dimensions

Overall (closed): 29 in. x 33 1/8 in. x 15 3/4 in. (73.66 cm x 84.14 cm x 40.01 cm)
Overall (open): 29 in. x 33 1/8 in. x 31 3/8 in. (73.66 cm x 84.14 cm x 79.69 cm)


Credit Line

Gift of Miss Pellet, 1906


Object Number

W-197


Colors (Beta)


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