Known as a Ship Table, this mahogany Pembroke is dual purpose. The middle section of the top lifts up to reveal fittings for a wash bowl and 2 lift out metal dishes with 2 lidded compartments to the side. The front one has a removable tray with adjustable dividers and a well below and the back one is plain but not as deep. Both are lined with blue sugar paper. Other examples of Ship Tables have also been fitted with a mirror but this one was not. However, it does vary to others in that the top can be held as a lectern board and set at one of 12 positions. With the top down, the table flaps will lift and each rest on a pair of lopers to extend the size. The other side has a simple drawer with flush handle. Fulfilling a number of functions, this table would be useful both on board ship, where space is restricted and to an army officer. Mid 19th Century.
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