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Card tables were constructed to double in size when the top was opened. When not in use, the leaf was folded over and the table placed against the wall. When in use, the table was pulled forward and the back left leg (the pivot leg) was swung back to receive and support the leaf. The straight tapered legs and inlaid design on the apron of this early 19th century table were inspired by the designs of English cabinetmaker George Hepplewhite, who published a book of designs in 1788. Card tables were used for a variety of purposes in addition to cards and board games.
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