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American Decorative Arts

Adjustable stand


Black walnut

22 1/2 in. (57.1 cm) other: 21 in. (53.3 cm)
Mabel Brady Garvan Collection
Manufactured in South Carolina, United States
By appointment
18th–19th century

According to Fred Bishop Tuck, an antiques dealer in Pinehurst, North Carolina, who found this stand in November 1929, it had been owned in 1805 in the household of Henry Moore of Guilford County, near Greensboro, North Carolina, and descended through four generations of the Moore family (Tuck to Henry Hammond Taylor, November 22, 1929, FPG-Y). Although Moore was a common surname in Guilford County, no Henry Moore has been located in county or U.S. census records. A Henry Moore was listed in every census between 1810 and 1840 in Rockingham County, directly north of Guilford county; this man's estate was probated in 1843 (NCCI, 1810, p. 96; 1820, p. 131; 1840, p. 141. Will Book B, pp. 285-287, Rockingham County Superior Court, Wentworth, North Carolina). Tuck sold the stand to Henry Hammond Taylor, who sold it to Garvan. Gift in 1930 to Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.


David L. Barquist, Elisabeth Donaghy Garrett, and Gerald W. R. Ward, American Tables and Looking Glasses in the Mabel Brady Garvan and Other Collections at Yale University (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 1992), 254–55, no. 137, ill.

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