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Jim/Steelsewing

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That's what I was thinking (note that it's core-bulls, not cow bells, I have enough of those). I was downstairs, in the workshop innocently sanding away on the Deluxe Library Table #40 version 2, and taking photographs in hopes to compose a thread of 'Things you might want to know about sanding down a DLT#40 that your parents never told you" when I realied that my corbels were missing. For a very brief moment I thought perhaps when no one was looking, someone stole them...

What I mean by corbels... are the two curvy pieces of trim in between the legs and the bottom rail of the very front of the DLT#40. These two trim pieces don't really do anything at all. They're decorative. so it's difficult for me to call them brackets, because brackets sounds like they may have a purpose. Corbels, on the other hand, are another word for brackets, at least in architectural talk. Since I've already borrowed the term 'knees' to describe the 'flair' cut into the legs of the DLT#40, I figured that using the word corbel would probably be just as fitting. Perhaps (?) there's a furniture term for 'decorative curvy trim piece between horizontal and vertical framework' - but I have yet to find it.

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Above is just one example of a corbel, and oddly the closest one I could in form/

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Here's a pic of a DLT#40 with corbels.

Up until this evening I was certain all the DLT#40s had corbels. So imagine my surprise as I worked away on the front of the newly acquired DLT#40 version 2 when I realized they weren't there. As I said, there was a moment when I thought: who took my corbels?  In that same pause I heard a car coming up the street and looked  to see our local constables about to drive by. I thought better of running out and reporting my corbels missing. What with all the virus, protests, and election campaigners (sometimes difficult to tell which is which) in the streets - along with a holiday, a heat wave and a full moon... I figured I better double check.

This is the embarrassing part. I have never noticed that there were a few DLT#40s that had no corbels. It appears that my bolt-counter mentality totally skipped it. Perhaps they're a little dark and fade into the rest of the cabinet in photos, and perhaps I just goofed. I did  aquick and dirty search for 1924 through '28 tables and scoured images and found these:

Corbels03.jpg  corbels04.jpg  Corbels06.jpg 

I feel a lot better now that the table in front of me is at least complete, and yet dumbfounded that I missed it. I guess sometimes I'm oblivious.

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One would think that if it's right in front of you, you'd notice. The interesting thing is that there is no long slot on the inside of the legs, so the legs were made for this set-up. You can't put corbels on these tables, there's no way to do it without carving a longer slot.

So anyways, there you go. No corbels needs to be added as a distinct characteristic of the DLT#40 version 2 from at least 1925 through 1926, and perhaps earlier if I can find a photo - and if anyone has a better word to use - I'm good with that as well. =)




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I think addition of attached leg embelishment, negates corbel. Both woud be busy.

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I've learned a new word and now something to look for!
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Jim, neither of my medallion leg 101 cabs have corbels. I believe a '21 and a '23-'24.
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FWIW, my #40a has corbels.
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