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Stretcher Table

Place Made:
Attributed to Davidson County North Carolina United States of America
Date Made:
walnut, poplar, yellow pine
HOA: 28 3/4; WOA: 61 3/4; DOA: 32 3/4
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: Stretcher table with a battened-end three-board top supported by a molded edge frame; frame contains two equal-sized, lip-molded drawers mounted with wooden knobs; the whole supported by four turned legs connected by straight stretchers; the four legs terminate in ball feet; the front stretcher is connected to the apron at the center by a turned member; front stretcher shows normal wear, suggesting it is original.

CONSTRUCTION: Trunnels are used throughout. Drawers are dovetailed front and back; drawer bottoms are composed of three horizontal boards, chamfered on the sides, slid in, and then nailed at the back. The center support on the drawer side is unique to MESDA’s experience.

This early stretcher table descended in the Everhart and Leonard families of northern Davidson County, North Carolina. It was acquired by Frank Horton in 1961 from Mrs. Mamie Ellen (Yountz) Everhart (1897-1972), who stated that she inherited the table from her aunt, Mrs. Sarah (Everhart) Leonard (1869-1948), who had inherited it from her uncle Michael Everhart (1839-1918) and his wife, Louisa Jane (Leonard) Everhart (1838-1915). Christian Everhart (1725-1779) and Valentine Leonard (1718-1781) were among the earliest settlers in northern Davidson County.
Credit Line:
Gift of Frank L. Horton