On the French Frontier 1700-1800
Teachers Table with Drawer

Table Image

A table was an essential piece of furniture for settlers in French Illinois. It provided a clean surface upon which to prepare a meal, eat, work, write, and play games like cards. Usually it was made of cherry or pine. Sometimes the top was made of pine and the legs of cherry. A square table with lathe-turned legs and a drawer was valued at 25 livres in the estate inventory of Marie Catherine Baron in Kaskaskia, 1748.

Reproduction based on examples of eighteenth-century tables found in Quebec
Made by Franklin Woodworking, Prairie du Rocher, IL, 1991

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