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Tea Table

Edenfield, Thomas __Probably by
Place Made:
Charlotte County Virginia United States of America
Date Made:
cherry –walnut
HOA: 27 7/8″;
WOA: 32 5/8″ x 33 1/2″
Accession Number:
DESCRIPTION: Tilt top tea table; three cabriole legs with pad feet (slightly pointed) on discs; twist-turned fluted urn and ring turned pedestal; birdcage; round three-board top with dish-top molded rim.

CONSTRUCTION: Screwed on battens, top of four boards; legs laminated from two pieces

MAKER: The probable maker is Thomas Edenfield (d. 1780), a Charlotte County, Virginia, cabinetmaker whose work is documented in the William Hubard account book in the MESDA rare book collection. From 1771 to 1776 Edenfield made a black walnut side table, dressing table, a candle stand, and a cherry knife box in exchange for medical services from Dr. Hubard. Edenfield probably migrated to Charlotte County from Kent County, Delaware, where the Edenfield family had lived since the early 1700s.

In his will, Edenfield referred to his two brothers and a sister “living to the Northward” and bequeathed 300 pounds from the sale of his personal estate and cabinetmaking shop contents to Elizabeth Nunnaly, the widow of Revolutionary War veteran Alexander Nunnaly.

RELATED OBJECTS: A music stand with the same family provenance is also in MESDA’s collection (MESDA acc. 5732.1).

This table descended in the Carrington and Grigsby families of Edge Hill plantation in Charlotte County, Virginia. A similar tea table with a twist-turned fluted urn descended in the Sims-Watkins family of Black Walnut plantation in neighboring Halifax County, suggesting a regional furniture group made by Thomas Edenfield as these two families were closely related and lived on both sides of the county line. Paul Carrington (1733-1818) of Edge Hill’s second wife was Priscilla Sims (1776-1803) of Black Walnut plantation. Paul’s son, Clement Carrington (1762-1847) married Jane Watkins (1775-1839), and both were close relatives of Tucker Carrington Watkins of Black Walnut plantation. The MESDA tea table was documented in late 19th century inventories among the contents of Edge Hill.