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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.”
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Object Name
date made
ca 1675
Place Made
United States: Connecticut, Guilford
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
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Arthur M. Greenwood
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Data Source
National Museum of American History
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I have a table that does the same, has four chairs as well that are hand painted - the dowels are put in with wax, unknown age or value - belonged to my parents - I believe my dad acquired it in the 50's or 60's.
I have a chair table that was made in the early 30s just like the one you have picture of

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