Federal-period card tables have unusual characteristics that differ from other types of tables, and this circa 1810 table, with its single folding leaf and one hinged leg (some card tables have two swing legs), is a typical example of those differences. In most instances when only one leg is hinged, it is the rear left leg that moves, as with this table.
Originally, the antique table (circa 1810) was thought to be the work of a Baltimore cabinetmaker, however, the shape, ornamentation and species of woods used in the piece suggest a more northerly origin, perhaps New York/New Jersey. Regardless of the region, it is beautifully proportioned, has appealing inlay bandings, nicely articulated inlaid columns, pleasing veneer work and features some interesting construction details. (Inlay for this table appeared in “From Stacks & Strips to Spectacular” in issue 2.)