Looking At Furniture

The dining table that I talked about yesterday had a few more clues to offer. The timber of the top was quite good which isn’t much of a clue, but what was even more interesting was that the underside of the top was chamfered around the edge on the pieces that were mounted on the pedestals. The leaves were not chamfered. This tells us that the overall thickness of the top was greater than the standard English three pedestal table.

What was a great help to me in figuring out the table was that I had owned a three pedestal Irish table several years ago. There was a maker of Irish tables that made them out of 7/8″ timber and then added a second piece under the outside edges of the top to give the appearance that the top was actually 1 3/4″ thick. This gave stability to the top and more wieight to the table overall making it less likely to move lest there was an overactive eater pouncing on their food. In any case, the the two pieces were shaped to make a double reed. The tops were inevitably made of two pieces, ie they were two board tops because the dimension of each pedestal along the length of the table was 48″. It was clear to me when I measured the table that the table had been trimmed, inaccurately as it turned out which was a clue in itself, in order to make the table appear more English. Finally, I might add that the Irish tended to use very good timber in their table tops. What a pity that it had been messed with in the first place!

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