Card Table

Date: ca. 1750

The most notable characteristic of this handsome card table is its five legs, as four are more common. Five legs identify this as a card table made in the New York area in the 1700s to early 1800s. The two-part, square top is hinged at the center and folds for storage when the table is not in use. When the table is opened for play, the fifth leg swings around on a pivot rail to support the hinged half of the top, which is called the leaf. The projecting corners serve the purpose of holding candles to illuminate the playing field as well as to define each player’s space.

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Medium: Mahogany, yellow poplar, and oak

Dimensions: H: 28 x W: 34 x D: 16 7/8 in. (closed); H: 28 x W: 34 x D: 33 3/4 in. (open)

Place: New York, New York

Accession: 1012

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Furniture - American

Tags: New York , Games , Cards

Purchased January 27, 1959 from John S. Walton. The table is accompanied by an affidavit indicating that it descended in the family of Warner Washington, first cousin of General George Washington, and is assumed to be a gift by the General to him; page 56 #232. Notarized family papers stating that this table was given by General George Washington to his cousin Warner Washington in Audley, Virginia. Illustrated: Antiques Magazine "Shop Talk", September, 1958, page 198.