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image of Trestle Table Trestle Table
Rendered by Isadore Goldberg (artist), c. 1939
watercolor, colored pencil, and graphite on paperboard
overall: 32.9 x 54.2 cm (12 15/16 x 21 5/16 in.) Original IAD Object: 12'2 1/2"long; 2'wide; 3'high
Index of American Design
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From the Tour: Furniture from the Index of American Design
Object 6 of 26

The trestle table, which is described in mid-seventeenth-century inventories as a "table board and frame," is the oldest form of American table. In this New England example, the "table board" is a single plank of pine two feet wide and over twelve feet in length. The long, narrow plank rests on a frame consisting of three oak trestles. The trestles are held in position by a pine brace that passes through them and is pegged into place.

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