The sideboard was a particularly Federal Period form with no earlier counterpart. Its appearance signaled a change in domestic furnishing, namely a room set aside for dining, rather than rooms that shared that function with others. The sideboard anchored the dining space with its multipurpose storage and broad top surface.
Six-legged Federal Period Sideboard
Mahogany, mahogany veneer, inlays; tulip poplar, white pine
The present brasses are at least the third set; the oval backplates are slightly smaller than an earlier imprint. Evidence suggests the original brasses had a single post with a round backplate. Centered pulls once on the cupboard doors were probably not original. The top has split along the grain with securing pins. Four holes for screws to resecure the top in each end are poorly filled.