The large, circular table was fashionable and ingenious methods were devised for expanding it.
...the sections composing the surface were "caused to diverge from a common center (like a star, a pie, or a medallion), and the spaces caused thereby filled up by inserting leaves."
About 1835 Johnson and Jeans devised a method by which the pie-type top opens to add sections by twisting or cranking by hand. The spaces are filled with various numbers of spear-shaped leaves. Robert Jupe [*see below] patented a similar table in 1835. These were made until 1900 and enjoyed a renaissance about 1920 when Schmeig-Kotzian reproduced them, winning first prize at the Chicago World's Fair. But they were too expensive to make, so production ceased about 1835.
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