A mahogany Serving Table with two drawers.
The reeded legs are carved with acanthus leaves to the top and have turned rings, terminating in a ball foot. The maker has not bothered to carve the acanthus leaves to the back of the legs, knowing that they won’t be seen. The backboard has a small panel to either side with three carved rosettes to the middle. The righthand drawer is a little wider than the left, extending to include the central panel which also has a carved rosette. Curiously, both drawers have a slit below their unmarked locks, the purpose of which is unknown. The table’s secondary wood is pine.
The legs are numbered on this table to locate them to the correct position thus ensuring the uncarved acanthus leaves remain to the back. It is a good-sized piece of furniture for a dining room or officer’s mess. Whether it was meant specifically for travel or was used as an additional serving table on occasion in a large house is not known. The mahogany has a rich, deep colour and the table is a well-made, considered piece of furniture. Circa 1835.