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Forum topic by mahdee posted 03-17-2016 11:18 AM 514 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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mahdee

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03-17-2016 11:18 AM

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Hi Jocks,
My wife found this table on the side of the road and I was wondering whether anyone here has seen one like it and has some information on it. I could’t find any sticker or logo on it. it appears hide glue was used between the legs and the top.
Thanks.

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Handtooler

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#1 posted 03-17-2016 11:33 AM

Similar, but the same came from New Orleans; French Preventional with pewter ball and claw feet ciir1ca 1890-1910. Told by its owner a lady in south Mississippi when I was a child about 1950-55. Top was mahogany I think with a shallow lip extending up from the top. I’m interested from hearing from other more professional students of fine furniture.

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Tennessee

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#2 posted 03-17-2016 11:40 AM

That is called a “ball and claw” foot. I used to refinish and did a few of these, in tables, piano stools, and other small applications.
The original style is thought to have come from China. It was shown in a variety of ways, all wood with raised claws, wood or metal claw with a glass ball, and the solid metal style where the claw and ball were formed as one piece. There were also variations of the ball, some flattened to stand better, some with claws that wrapped around the whole ball, etc. Mainly used in Philadelphia, New York and Newport furniture makers.

The ball and claw was often used on pie crust tables, which are always round and have that “pie crust” edge that is raised around the circumference. Another popular use was in piano stools, and sometimes you did see them on larger tables, but not often.

Yours is a reproduction, probably made sometime in the 20’s to 40’s.
I take it you do not have the other three legs?

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#3 posted 03-17-2016 12:06 PM

If it was made at turn of last century it would probably be oak. As the leg is pine or poplar I say Colonial Revival made in the 1930s or 40s, especially if the top is veneer.

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#4 posted 03-17-2016 12:23 PM

Thanks guys. I do have all the legs and a slightly damaged bottom shelf. The grooves on the tabletop are dovetailed and sloped-in toward the center. The shelf has pocket holes that screw to the legs. My first impression was chinese based on the face ears and beard that form the claw. The balls at the end of the legs appear to be plastic. I couldn’t determine whether the top is veneer or solid. Lot of cigarette burn marks on it and totally faded. Wondering if it is worth restoring or just repairing it. There are enough irregularities on the leg’s tops to tell that they were not large enough to be fully rounded.

-- earthartandfoods.com

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#5 posted 03-17-2016 01:31 PM

What a find! I’d consider it worthy of careful rejuvenation and would put it in my den.

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#6 posted 03-17-2016 02:12 PM



What a find! I d consider it worthy of careful rejuvenation and would put it in my den.

- dalepage


I agree,great find .

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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