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Dining Table

Place Made:
Newberry County South Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
1810-1830
Medium:
walnut –yellow pine
Dimensions:
End pieces – HOA: 28 3/4″; WOA: 42 1/2″; LOA: 22 3/4″;
Middle section – LOA: 56 3/4″
Accession Number:
5745.1
Description:
This three-part dining table was part of the original furnishings of the Summer-Huggins House, known as Pomaria Plantation, in Newberry County, South Carolina. The Summer family first acquired the property in 1752. In about 1825 John Adam Summer (1779-1855) and his wife Mary Margaret (Houseal) Summer (1787-1871) built the present house–a vernacular mix of the Federal and Greek Revival style–for which this table was likely made.

RELATED OBJECTS: The MESDA collection includes the multi-part dining table (MESDA acc. 5745.1) and a candlestand (MESDA acc. 5745.2) from the same house. Currently, the collection also includes the taufschein fraktur of Mary Margaret Houseal (MESDA acc. 5646) by the “Ehre Vater Artist.”

REFERENCES: See accession file for Family history “FAMILY FACTS AND FANTASIES” by Rosalyn Summer Sease edited by Catherine Sease.

DESCRIPTION: Dining table: Made in three sections that connect to form one long table; the two end pieces have a six-sided top and four tapered legs; the middle portion of the table has two drop leaves with two gate legs and four stationary legs; the three pieces connect with tenons that fit into corresponding mortises; the legs are tapered and have a small band of light wood inly about 3 1/2″ from the bottom of the leg.

History:
The table descended in the family of Captain John Adam Summer (1779-1855) and his wife, Mary Margaret (Houseal) Summer (1787-1871) of Pomaria Plantation in the Dutch Fork area of Newberry County, South Carolina. According to Summer family tradition, the table was used for the infare dinner for their son Henry (1809-1869) and his bride Frances Mayer (1823-1900) on December 23, 1846. Infare dinners were a regional custom, a wedding feast hosted by the groom’s family the day after a wedding to welcome the bride to her new home.
Credit Line:
Gift of The Sease Family in Honor of Rosalyn Summer Sease