Paper label affixed to underside of top: "BRIGGS' PATENT CENTRE EXTENSION TABLE. TO OPEN THE TABLE. 1st. Take hold of the small handle at the left hand, and pull it towards you as far as it will go. 2d. Then with the right hand push up the knob hard, at the same time pull the table open with the left hand. TO SHUT THE TABLE. 1st. Push the small handle from you as far as it will go. 2d. Take hold of the knob on the capstan, and wind u[p] brisk." Stamped on iron handle: "C.BRIGGS PATENT" Ends of leaves stamped with numbers 1-5 (not original) according to location.
Baltimore estate sale; purchased by Aileen Minor American Antiques, Centreville, Maryland. (Accession Date: May 23, 2007)
Museum purchase with funds donated by Shirley and Walter Amory and Mr. and Mrs. Ulf B. Heide
- Cornelius Briggs, American, 1787–1848
Overall: 73 x 106.7 cm (28 3/4 x 42 in.) Other (extension of five leaves): 322.6 cm (127 in.) Other (each of five leaves): 43.2 x 106.7 cm (17 x 42 in.)
Medium or Technique
Mahogany, mahogany veneer, chestnut