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Sewing Table

Place Made:
Charleston South Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
mahogany –maple –rosewood –cherry –poplar –white pine
HOA: 29 1/2; WOA: 24; DOA: 12
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DESCRIPTION: Kidney-shaped sewing table with hinged lid; four tapering legs which support a poplar platform 8 1/4″ off of the floor, this platform forms the base of the fabric bag; interior is divided into three sections, the center accessible to the bag, the two half round ends intended for sewing implements and are lined with a lavender paper; table is decorated by two bands of inlay around the lid’s top edge, oval panels on the frame, banded inlay at bottom of frame and string inlay on the legs.

This stand is closely related, in shape and construction, to examples from Baltimore; however, we know of no Baltimore examples which are fitted with a bag, and no other American examples in which the bag base is fixed to the leg structure.

WOODS: Mahogany with maple, rosewood and cherry inlay, and with poplar lower base, white pine upper base.

BAG: The blue silk cover and fringe are modern reproductions.

This sewing table originally belonged to Mary (Charles) Strohecker (d. 1833) who married the successful Charleston blacksmith, John Strohecker (1777-1849), on May 27, 1800. According to family tradition, John later gave the table to his granddaughter Emily (Strohecker) Archer (1835-1909), from whom the table descended. This table is illustrated in Esther Singleton’s pioneering book on American antiques, Furniture of Our Forefathers (1922).

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