Mahogany; poplar, pine; textile
Overall: 29 3/4 x 19 1/4 x 14 5/8 in. ( 75.6 x 48.9 x 37.1 cm )
Mahogany Federal work table (sewing stand); rectangular form with concave front; two drawers with circular brass pulls (replacements); cotton chintz sewing basket with inner pine frame; tapering, squared legs; decorated with inlaid satinwood stringing.
Gift of Miss Elsie Dwight Alling, in memory of Samuel Bayard Dod, father of Isabel G. Dod
handwritten: on jelly label inside top drawer: "Grandmother Dod's Work Table" handwritten: on label on outside of top drawer side: "I. G. Dod"
Just prior to 1800, a new American furniture form--the work table--emerged to accommodate the specific needs of women. These small tables typically housed sewing tools in an upper drawer and needlework projects in a fabric bag or compartment below. This table belonged to Martha Pintard (b. ca. 1762), who married Samuel Bayard around 1790. Judging from the extensive wear to its drawers and multiple replacements of the sewing bag, the table was heavily used by Mrs. Bayard as well as succeeding generations of women in the Bayard and Dod families.
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