A low mahogany Campaign Table
This table has turned legs with a brass cap and steel bolt to their top, to allow them to be removed. The underside of the top has an inset, square brass plate with screw fitting to receive the legs. The thickness of the top means that the holes for the leg bolts can be seen from the table top. With the legs removed, the top will fold in half for packing. The underside of the top has two brass plates, each hinged to the middle and cut with a rectangular aperture to fit over a twist catch to the other half board. The top also has inset brass hinges to the sides so that it will fold in half when the catches are unlocked. The design is simple but effective and the table packs down to a small size.
The unusual height of the table and its proportions open up the consideration that it may have been a salesman’s sample. It can certainly be used as a coffee table, but its height is low. It is illustrated in Brawer on page 128. The table is well made, with cleated ends and nicely turned legs which are similar to those used on chair beds by Thomas Butler. Early 19th Century.
The armchair is sold separately.