Federal style by Potthast Brothers, Baltimore, mahogany bow-fronted side table
Description: This is a very fine Solid Mahogany Federal Style buffet table By: Potthast FURN. Co. Crafted with Split turning moulded back rail above a hand dovetailed drawer with central bow front and conforming split turnings on reeded slender baluster mahogany legs. Table includes original backsplash, and retains its original label (POTTHAST BROS.)
Measurements: 39″ H X 43″ W X 19” D By: POTTHAST BROS. Furn .
Date: 20th century.
Extra Notes: The design is based on models from the late 18th century. A good quality reproduction typical of this company. The leading importer of mahogany is the United States, followed by Britain. This fine lumber is prized for its beauty, durability, and color, and used for making furniture, musical instruments and other items. The British Parliament removed all import duties from timber imported into Britain from British possessions in the Americas in 1721 the. The trade was immediately stimulated in West Indian timbers, most importantly, mahogany. By 1740 Importations of mahogany into England reached 525 tons per annum . The origin of the name is uncertain. The name mahogany was initially associated only with those islands in the West Indies under British control (French colonists used the term ‘acajou’, while in the Spanish territories it was called ‘caoba’). , but it could be a corruption of ‘m’oganwo’, the name used by the Yoruba and Ibo people of West Africa to described trees of the genus Khaya, which is closely related to Swietenia.