More than meets the eye, this 17th-century chair-table is what its name denotes, convertible from a chair into a table. The rounded top of the table flips up to become the back of the chair. Its dual-function was especially popular in homes with limited space. The chair-table originally had a drawer that slid under the seat of the chair, allowing for extra storage space.
The chair-table was part of the “Greenwood Gift,” a collection of over two thousand everyday household objects donated by Arthur and Edna Greenwood. Their gift is among the greatest collections of Americana that the Smithsonian has ever collected. As Edna Greenwood once said, their gift exemplifies, “what America was, that makes it what it is.”
Currently not on view
Object Name
chair, table (chair-table)
date made
ca 1675
Physical Description
oak (overall material)
pine (overall material)
overall: 78 cm x 60.5 cm x 48.5 cm; 30 11/16 in x 23 13/16 in x 19 1/8 in
Place Made
United States: Connecticut, Guilford
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Domestic Furnishings
Family & Social Life
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Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Greenwood

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