RARE EARLY GEORGE III MAHOGANY TAPE-LOOM* TABLE, England, c1760
In the manner of Thomas Chippendale, the adjustable molded baluster stem with brass ratchet, raised on a well carved tripod base with down-scrolled feet, supporting a rectangular revolving dished top (threaded onto shaft), surmounted by the original removable box form “tape loom” with shaped heddle (slotted wooden card) having 18 slots and 51 holes, which sits upright as a loom, and slides in to serve as a tabletop
*In the 18th Century, this type of loom was used to weave lace and narrow bands of cloth called “tapes”, used for straps, trim, and ties, as well as laces. Most of these looms are utilitarian. One of this quality is quite rare.
Literature : Charles Messer Stowe, 'Chippendale hand loom on adjustable tripod. An example of 18th century drawing-room industry', The Evening Sun, New York, 18 November 1935.
33.5” High (Extended) x 13.25” Wide x 8” Deep