Gaming Table

Date: 1790 and early 1900s

When games such as checkers and backgammon entered the realm of acceptable pastime activities in the late 1700s, furniture for their play followed naturally. The need to accommodate two game boards and storage for game pieces gave rise to a common form of the gaming table: rectangular in shape and usually measuring at least thirty inches long and twenty inches wide. Many British gaming-table designs of the early 1800s show supports at both ends and a lengthwise stretcher below.

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Medium: Mahogany, white pine, and cherry

Dimensions: H: 29 1/2 x L: 20 in. (closed); H: 29 1/2 x L: 39 1/2 in. (open)

Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Accession: 0972

Collection: Julian Wood Glass Jr. Collection

Category: Furniture - American

Tags: Philadelphia , Games , Checkers , Backgammon

Purchased July 31, 1962 from Joe Kindig, Jr.