This is the only Virginia stretcher table known to employ inverted baluster turnings. Inverted “baluster and spool” turnings were fashionable in England from roughly 1600 to 1700. Like most early turnings, the legs and stretchers were turned wet and, today, are oval in cross-section. The oval shape and “checking” (splitting) seen in certain areas is a result of wood shrinkage across the grain.
The table is finished on all four sides and may have been used as a tea table. Tidewater Virginia tables are often finished on all sides even though they were intended to sit against the wall.