Table, Sewing

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Description Sewing table in Late Classicism-style, better known as American Empire style, primary wood walnut with secondary veneer woods of cherry, poplar, and walnut. Scrolled feet with pillar center holding case which has 2 drawers, high-polish finish.

Made by John Fair according to label glued on table. John Fair was born on February 1, 1810 in Coldstream, Scotland and immigrated to the United States in 1832. Fair came to Oshkosh in 1853 and worked as a carpenter and cabinet maker. During his lifetime he acquired considerable real estate. He lived at 71 High Street near the corner of Pine Street. Fair died at the age of 77 in Oshkosh on August 18, 1887. His obituary can be found in the Oshkosh Daily Northwestern 8/18/1887 and the burial notice in on 8/22/1887. Fair is buried at Riverside Cemetery in Oshkosh. Portrait of John Fair 5225-59 and wife Thirza 5225-60.

According to "At Home: The American Family 1750-1870" by Elizabeth Donaghy Garrett; Harry N. Abrams, Inc; ISBN: 08109188943: Sewing tables or worktables were frequently found in homes from 1750-1870 because few ladies then were free from sewing tasks, whether it was hand-sewing clothing (the sewing machine was not a common household item until after the American Civil War) or repairing and making alterations to clothing. These tables were introduced in the late eighteen century specifically designed for a lady's convenience, many had casters allowing the table to be moved.
Dimensions H-27.5 W-22 D-18.5 inches
Year Range from 1835
Year range to 1850
Made Fair, John
Material Wood/Metal
Object ID 5225-9
Object Name Table, Sewing
People Fair, John
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