This table is a standout. While most examples of this model are mahogany pieces, this is the only one we’ve seen with rosewood, which began to be used later in this period. As you can see on the top of the table, the figuring is quite strong against a red-brown base color. Also, the legs are beautifully detailed with carved elements above the turned feet. The cluster column is highly desirable, as opposed to the simpler turned column also produced during this period. This is the finest of these models, and has its original four leaves, which are boxed for storage.
This extension table mechanism was patented by Cornelius Briggs of Boston in 1843, and has an elaborate scissor extension mechanism which is closed by a roped crank. There is a stamped label underneath the table top reading “C.Briggs Patent/163”. We have gone through this table and it has been beautifully polished. It is the best of the best in this period, and rosewood puts it over the top.