Drop-leaf Table
c.1830
Mahogany
JJ.1958.152

This mahogany drop leaf table was a common item in bedrooms of the period.  Made in New York around 1830, this breakfast table has many typical characteristics of the American Empire style. The plain appearance, spiral-turned legs and two drop leaf extensions support this.

Meals were moveable in nature, and could be taken in a number of places.  Smaller meals, breakfast and supper, might be eaten in a bedroom, family parlor or office.  The main meal of the day, dinner, would have been take in the dining room.  The table could also be used as a work station