The Campaign Trail I

My good friend, Simon Clarke, of Christopher Clarke Antiques, emailed me over the weekend with details of an interesting campaign table he has at the moment (figure 1).

Fig. 1. Mahogany and inlaid campaign table, circa 1790. (Christopher Clarke Antiques)

The table breaks down, utilising (bespoke?) iron hardware (figure 2).

Fig. 2. Unusual demounting hardware. (Christopher Clarke Antiques)

Jack Plane


About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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5 Responses to The Campaign Trail I

  1. Ged says:

    Fascinating, but a few more photos would be nice? I take it the rails hook onto the legs and those are turn buttons on the hinged components holding it all together?


  2. Eric R says:

    Very interesting hardware.
    Thanks Jack


  3. Jack, I see the hinged tabs on the tabletop fold to disengage the lugs on the skirts. But I cannot see what happens next. Are the skirts hinged and swing up to release the leg somehow? Thank you for the post. I really enjoy folding furniture.


    • Jack Plane says:

      There are pairs of T-shaped lugs on the ends of the rails which engage commensurate slots in the legs. The hinged tabs beneath the top also engage lugs on the rails which keep the leg lugs in their locked position which in turn prevents the rails from dropping down and the table falling apart.



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