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Q I own this Duncan Phyfe-type card table made by F.B.M. Co. Hoboken, N.J.– Ferguson Brothers Manufacturing Company, New Jersey. The company existed from 1898 to 1953. I suspect this was made in the 1920s as it has a brass plate with their name and ‘4470’ on it. The top swivels 90 degrees, which reveals a little storage compartment underneath before it’s unfolded. It’s mahogany with metal claw feet and a double ballast base. Closed it is 91 cm wide and 76 cm high (36 x 30 inches). I am curious to hear what you think it’s worth. Thanks.
AFerguson was actually founded in New York City in 1878 and was a wholesale manufacturer. They relocated to Hoboken at the turn of the century and operated there until 1945 and continued operating in some form until 1953. They made a full line of furniture including cedar chests, fire screens and a variety of tables. Phyfe became well-known for this leg type but many other cabinetmakers also used it. American furniture in This style is typical of the American Federal era of 1810 to 1830. In the British Isles it would be called Regency. The base and acanthus leaf carvings are typical. Often there would be four colonnettes supporting the top. The grain is strong – a type called ‘ribbon’ mahogany. It is high quality with the reeded top edges. I would date it to the 1930s. Games tables are presently reasonable with this one valued at $550. Regardless, it is in top condition and a fine example.
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