A Folding mahogany Holyrood Table with moulded edge by Smith of Peebles.
This table folds very flat with the thinner pair of legs sitting inside the wider pair. The table's mechanism is simple but effective. The two pairs of legs are fitted to each other by a bolt through their top cross rails which allows them to twist against each other. The top is hinged to the wider pair of legs so that it can also fold. A curious feature to the table (and the other 3 we have had) is that the pins to the three hinges are nails which have been bent to their ends to hold them in place. Given that we have seen this on all the tables, it is an original but unusual feature. The underside of the top has a block to ensure that the legs open at a right angle to each other.
The maker's pressed brass oval plague confirms the maker as J & J Smith of Peebles as well as givng the table's title of the Holyrood Folding Table with a Patent number of 13796. More can be read on Smith in their maker's file on this website. It is known that they also made this table with an oval top and an ebonised finish. Circa 1900.
J & J Smith of Peebles were the makers of the Holyrood Folding Table which had a Patent number of 13796.
Smith are known to have been in existence at least by 1890 and described themselves on their letterhead as Coachbuilders, Cabinetmakers and Upholsterers, Auctioneers and Valuators with a factory at Dovecot and warerooms at High Street, Peebles. They showed commercial sense in choosing the name for their design as the Royal Residence of Holyrood, situated at one end of Edinburgh's Royal Mile, is famous throughout the world.
It is known that they produced version of the Holyrood with both an oval and a rectangular top. An example of the Holyrood table is owned by the National Museums of Scotland.