Close inspection reveals that the cabinetmaker used a quarter round gouge to remove small crescent shaped sections of the wood from birch panels. The relieved areas were then filled and painted.
The incised husks trailing from the pendant of the stringing on the legs in addition to the dot inlay below show the influence of Salem, Massachusetts, but the panels in the leg stiles are ornamented with lunetted borders and quatrefoil inlays executed with a pitchlike material that is typical of Norfolk. The same inlay has been observed on a large group of furniture attributed to Norfolk, including a pembroke table that descended in the Wilson family of Smithfield, Virginia, and another table with the Norfolk cabinetmaker James Woodward’s label. Both the method and the design of the inlay are suggested in some of the furniture made by William Little, who worked in Norfolk before moving to Charleston, South Carolina.