Though the idea that tea tables were produced as pairs during the middle of the 18th century in America has been rarely touched on by furniture historians or cultural institutions – the marketplace has preferred and promoted the idea of a singular prestigious object – one of the earliest American references to the tilt-top tea table form are two recorded together in the probate inventory of Captain George Uriell (died 1739) of Anne Arundel County, Maryland. Captain Uriell possessed “two Mohogany Claw Tables” valued at £3.3. At £3.3 these were not heavily carved tables and it’s likely they had plain rather than claw feet. But as they were inventoried in a single listing suggests they were similar in form and may have been ordered as a pair.

See:

http://www.chipstone.org/article.php/275/American-Furniture-2003/Tilt-Top-Tables-and-Eighteenth-Century-Consumerism

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