One of my favorite pieces of furniture that I was ever commissioned to make was a dining table in the manner of Charles Stewart. The original dates to 1810 and was made to match a photograph from Nicholas Brawer's book on campaign furniture. Stewart made several models of this design of varying degrees of embellishment. Some had flat aprons, surely the least expensive. There is this model and one example that I've seen that looks like mine except that it has ebony inlaid on the top when the table is in its smallest configuration. That is the most embellished model that I have seen ( on British Antiques Roadshow nearly 20 years ago). I have never seen a box for the table but I designed one based on the many pieces of campaign furniture that I've worked on over the years. The box provides storage for the leaves when they're not in use and it serves as a coffee table. Two pieces of furniture for the price of one. I will add more formal photos to my work page in the next few months.
Genuine mahogany box with a nearly 28 inch wide single piece top.
Open box with a locking mechanism to hold the lid safely open.
The front panel removes by releasing the two brass flush bolts.
The open felt lined box with storage for three leaves, four legs, six table forks and sash bolts to strengthen the table when fully open.
The legs screw into brass plates that I specially made for this piece.
The table in its smallest configuration. Roughly 29" high x 48" wide x 24" deep.
The top rotated and opened up to seat four.
The table telescopes open to over 9 feet long. The sash bolts can be seen in the photo, used to make the table very solid when fully extended. Also the quality of the mahogany I used on the apron is visible.
The table fully extended can seat 14 people. The top was made from two 17 foot long 25 inch wide mahogany boards from the same tree, for consistent color and figure.