Made from very dense Jamaican mahogany, the carving remains very crisp and precise. The original block is beech and cleats appear to be birch, the block shows historic infestation.
Block, showing the three ‘X’ inscriptions.
Alignment inscriptions in the form of a triple ‘X’ are seen at the junction of the block and cleats. This may indicate that the workshop was working on at least three tables at once.
The top retains its circular brass catch, and the legs retain their hand forged spider. Marking scribe lines are evident on the underside of the table top and the base of the stem. All screws appear to be original, with the exception of one later replacement.
Circular brass catch.
Iron spider and scribe lines.
Within the confines of the cleats are four concealed screw holes form the turning of the table top, consistent with the known 18th-century production method of using an arbor and cross, the table top being mounted on the cross with four screws. (This method can still be seen in the remaining 18th-century Dominy workshop) - (tilt top tables and 18C consumerism)