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American & Western Auction | March 8, 2024

Fri, Mar 8, 2024 10:00AM EST
Lot 650

Pair of Baltimore Classical Mahogany Card Tables

Estimate: $2,000 - $3,000

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$0 $25
$100 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $200
$3,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$20,000 $2,000
$50,000 $5,000
$100,000 $10,000

early 19th century, possibly William Camp, foldover top with reeded edge, ebonized molding, interior compartment, spiky reeded standard with stacked ring base, reeded saber legs with brass paw feet, casters, each with faint illegible pencil inscriptions inside compartment, 28-3/4 x 37-3/4 x 18-3/4 in.

Provenance: F.J. Carey, III, Penllyn, Pennsylvania, February 1989, sold for $14,700; Private Baltimore Collection

Note: The card tables offered here feature what is commonly referred to as a "pillar and claw" base—a popular Regency-inspired design attribute among Baltimore cabinetmakers during the 1820s. The base of these tables relate closely to a drum table illustrated in Weidman, Classical Maryland, fig. 156, showing similar spiky reeding and stacked rings within the base motif.


both tables structurally sound and in good overall condition, one table with a repaired leg and later screws on underside of leg at repair, both tables resurfaced, one table with original iron cross bar under base (other table lacking cross bar), one table with thin through crack to one leaf and butterfly joint repairs at underside, one table with small veneer loss and repair at one rear corner, one table with replaced brass paw foot and caster, other general wear and imperfections as expected

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F.J. Carey, III, Penllyn, Pennsylvania, February 1989, sold for $14,700; Private Baltimore Collection