ANTIQUE EARLY 19TH CENTURY SHERATON ROPE LEG NEW ENGLAND DROP LEAF MAHOGANY DINING TABLE
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Were pleased to offer for sale this great antique early 19th century Sheraton period rope leg drop leaf table. This table is crafted from the finest old growth Santo Dominagan Mahogany. Caribbean Mahogany is unique in rich mineral and oil deposits giving the wood a natural luster and beauty. The demand for mahogany over the last 300 years brought natural Caribbean mahogany to near extinction levels. They say those who don't learn from history are doomed to repeats it's mistakes. Lebanon once had vast cedar & hardwood forests as far as the eye could see. In the ancient world, they were the major wood exporters to the point where irreversible damage was done to the landscape from logging demand. Thankfully measures have been put in place to protect the scarce mahogany trees that remain. African mahogany and modern woods wrongly sold as "Mahogany" simply don't posses the natural traits found in the most select cuts used in the 17th & 18th centuries.
This table has a wonderful figured mahogany apron and stands on six finely executed rope turn legs on a bulbous foot. Rope twist legs are a desirable embellishment on a Sheraton table like this. This was especially so for coastal communities and with men who made their wealth of the sea (traders, marines, etc). We'd like to point out again that this is a 6 legged table with two of the legs acting as a traveling gate leg. This table is in a wonderful old surface, clean and ready for a good home. We note the hinges were moved at some point in it's life. Each leaf has to be close to 30 pounds the old hinges were properly reset by the previous owner in the correct manner.