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Two-drawer Table

Petersen, Karsten (attr.)
Place Made:
Salem North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
maple (curly maple)
HOA 29 1/2; WOA 23 1/2; DOA 19 3/4″
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: Two drawer table with turned legs and wide overhanging molded edge top, the drawers mounted with glass knobs and ivory tacked on shield-shaped keyhole escutcheons; primary wood is maple with poplar and pine secondary.

This may be the sewing table John Vogler purchased from the Petersen Shop in 1827 for $6.50. The top drawer of this particular table is fitted with compartments for sewing equipment. Small tables such as this one with one or two drawers were made at a variety of price points. This example made of figured maple and adorned with glass knobs is more elaborate than many surviving examples.

Top is 3/4″ thick of plain maple; the rest is curly maple. Top is fastened by 4 wood screws, 2 through upper front rail & 2 slant (?) through cut in back apron, inside. Apron set back of face of legs 1/8″ Aprons morticed into legs, no pegs. Runners in two parts, large part tenoned into legs. Small part nailed to large part. Drawers stopped by 1/4″ thick black glued to ____ apron. Drawers have dovetailed corners. Front 7/8″ thick curly maple, sides and back poplar 3/8″; bottom pinr 7/16″ thick. Bottom rabbeted in 1/4″ up. A round shank nail near each end in back. Two 1 3/4″ dia glass knobs each drawer. Knobs have screw through glass, not on end, inside drawer. Probably original. Brass screws but flanged iron nut (cast). Top drawer divided into five compartments. Bottom drawer has “No 2” penciled on the back. Drawers are stopped by hitting back apron. Ivory escutcheons nailed on surface for each lock.

LABEL NOTES: Descended in the Bahnson family of Salem.
Credit Line:
Loan courtesy of the Family of Elizabeth Butler.