11448 AN UNUSUAL CUBAN MAHOGANY AND BRASS CIRCULAR CENTER TABLE Possibly English. Circa 1830. Measurements: Height: 29 1/4″ (74.3 cm) Diameter: 39 1/2″ (100.3 cm).
Of Cuban mahogany with brass inlay. The circular top with cavetto undermolding is inlaid with a broad circular brass band surrounded by lozenge shaped brass inlaid motifs, the outer row with mahogany circular centers. The solid mahogany turned baluster stem rests upon a brass-wrapped triform platform base and raised on three shaped turned feet. Old repairs and some recent minor repairs to feet and other areas. Some brass fixing pins replaced.
It seems possible that this unusual table had a purpose related to science; within the brass band and lozenges are found beautifully crafted flush circular covers, which appear to have made to be removable for a specific purpose as the circular holes penetrate wooden substrate. Thus, it is likely that an instrument of some sort was insertable when the circular apertures are opened, perhaps having a navigational function. Furthermore, the three feet are bored through with holes that exit at the tripartite platform, pointing to the likelihood that the table was made to be screwed to the floor or a ship’s deck.