Cultural Objects, Furniture
PeopleMaker/Creator: Marvin Thomas
PlacesSimpsons (Locust Grove District)
- Height: 27 1/2 inches
- Length: 17 inches
- Width: 17 inches
- Length of checker tray: 11 1/2 inches
- Width of checker tray: 1 3/4 inches
This table “marries” pieces of wood originally used for other purposes. The base is a factory-made candlestand, the table top has two-inch game squares of contrasting wood, a beaded wooden trim decorates the four sides, and the checkers appear to have been cut from a broom handle and painted red or black. Attached trays designed to hold the checkers are made from scrap lumber.
KeywordsCheckers, gameboard, game table, folk art table
Marvin Jewell Thomas (1910-2006) married Daisy DeWitt Thomas. See our Folk Art Collection for other examples of his ingenuity.
This table is a favorite of Old Church Gallery visitors. In the photo at left, folks enjoy a game while attending the opening for the “Howdy Neighbors” exhibit in 2017.