This sideboard retains a golden mellow tone, which has over time enhanced the strongly figured mahogany used throughout; all is embellished in a restrained manner with defining ebony edging including a central oval. The butler’s desk is as fully developed as we have seen and must have been a very special place, considering its
being fitted with a three-pin lock and beautifully
matched mahogany drawer fronts.
The generous depth of this sideboard and its rather
short width is reminiscent in proportion to some models
found in Rhode Island. Also, the interior of the drawers
retains an original red wash, which is also
characteristic of some Rhode Island work, i.e. a Pembroke
table by Thomas Howard, Jr., Providence, RI illustrated
in American Furniture: the Federal Period, by
Charles F. Montgomry #325.