Circa 1900. Unusual and stylish patent matching folding military style mahogany occasional table. The solid oval top and fine moulded fore edge, the top sits on a folding base with a brass plaque which says “Holyrood folding tables, J & I Smith, Peebles, Patent number 13796”. The table stands on four tapering reeded legs, the reeding on the legs are of different sizes and fold into each other, they open in a cruciform fashion and lock the table in the open position. Towards the base the legs are intersected by shaped stretchers which allow the legs to fold into each other.
1890J & J Smith of Peebles were the makers of the Holyrood Folding Table which had a Patent number of 13796.
Smith are known to have been in existence at least by 1890 and described themselves on their letterhead as Coachbuilders, Cabinetmakers and Upholsterers, Auctioneers and Valuators with a factory at Dovecot and warerooms at High Street, Peebles. They showed commercial sense in choosing the name for their design as the Royal Residence of Holyrood, situated at one end of Edinburgh’s Royal Mile, is famous throughout the world.
It is known that they produced version of the Holyrood with both an oval and a rectangular top. An example of the Holyrood table is owned by the National Museums of Scotland.
- 64cm H, 60cm L, 44cm D