Table, Two-Tiered serving table - $40 (PORTLAND)

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Summer St. near Brackett St.

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condition: excellent
make / manufacturer: Unknown
size / dimensions: 22" x 33"
This is what is known as a dumbwaiter table, originally meant for serving food, made of mahogany, on a tripod base. I do not know the maker. Per Kovel's Antique Trader:

"Your table is known as a “dumbwaiter.” The form originated in England in the early 18th century. It was designed to be placed near the hostess’ seat. It contained extra plates, silverware, dessert, liquor, etc.

The most popular style of the dumbwaiter form evolved in the mid to late 18th century both in England and America in the Chippendale style. Yours is an example of Chippendale in the Colonial Revival style, made sometime during or just after the American Depression. The book “Furniture of the Depression Era” by Swedberg illustrates several similar tables but none is of the quality of yours."

"The surfaces of your dumbwaiter are made of mahogany veneer while the central column, legs and feet appear to be made of solid mahogany – an indication of a high quality piece. The bold acanthus carvings on the knees, the deeply incised bulbs and the well formed feet carry out the theme of high quality."

"Regal examples such as this were made by companies such as Baker and Imperial, among others, during the Depression. Your dumbwaiter appears to have been made in the 1930s or 1940s. It appears to be in original finish and in very good condition. A table such as yours would reasonably expect to sell at auction in the range of $200 to $300."

"It should be cleaned with mineral spirits to remove old wax and oil and rewaxed with a good paste wax such as Howard’s or Briwax once a year. No oil or other polish should ever be applied to the dumbwaiter."

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