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Stretcher Table

Place Made:
Northeastern North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
sweet gum, yellow pine
HOA: 26; WOA: 35 1/2; DOA: 29
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: Stretcher table: Has unusual knobular turned legs and straight beaded-edge stretchers; beaded edge on skirt and a single small drawer with a beaded and lipped edge; two-board top retaining much of the original black paint; drawer runners morticed into back and front rails; stretchers and bottom rails molded on all sides; heavy wear on front stretchers and on the turned right post.

STYLE/DATE: Two aspects of this table suggest an early date: its history of having been found in Halifax County in the Roanoke River Basin, and its Mannerist turnings. An eighteenth-century date, however, is indicated by the stretchers, which are well under half the thickness of the leg squares. Also, sweet gum is a wood that has been observed only in North Carolina furniture dating well before the mid-eighteenth century.

WOODS: Sweet gum with yellow pine drawer runners

The table descended in the family of Spencer Ward (c.1820-1896) of Edgecombe and Halifax Counties to his granddaughter Louise Ward (1907-1991) of Enfield, Halifax County, North Carolina.
Credit Line:
Society of Colonial Wars Purchase Fund