Halsey Munson Americana
204 North Summit Avenue
Decatur, Illinois 62522
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Octagonal Topped New York Candlestand
Ca. 1770-1800 snake leg maple candlestand with an octagonal tiger maple scrubbed top. Both the pillar, with deep ball and reel turnings, and the legs in a thin red wash. The edges of the one-board tiger top are chamfered to reduce apparent thickness while retaining full strength. The top of the pillar tenons through the chamfered oak cleat and the cleat is secured to the top with roseheads. Seven rosehead nails also fix the iron spider to the underside of the pillar and legs. At some point in the mid-1800s a stress crack developed at the base of the pillar and was tightened with square nails. The top has two very early Dutchmen and has been snugged to the cleat with a rosehead driven down from above. Top 17½”; height 25”. Probably New York State or Western Massachusetts.