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An octagonal table made from rimu, kauri and oak. It features marquetry work on the table top, including an an eight pointed star at the centre. The circular section at the centre of the star is made from a section of a billiard cue. The table has four legs and a platform below the main table top. Dated around the 1920s.
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This table was made by Stan Clare in 1920s shortly after he finished building his family home at 30 Browne Street, Waitara. One of his daughters, Marcia James, remembers he made it for his wife Joyce and it had pride of place in the formal lounge in the front room of their house. Marcia remembers it was frequently dressed with a large vase of flowers. She also remembers he was very protective of the table and his two daughters were often getting growled at for sitting on it or using the bottom platform during games of hide and seek. Stan, who had one of his legs amputated above the knee as a 12-year-old, was an inventive, practical man who ran a radio repair shop in Queen Street, Waitara as well as travelling the district with a mobile projector showing movies at community halls. He later developed the Kosy Theatre in the St John's Hall in Waitara before moving on to become the manager, operator and caretaker of the Theatre Royal in May 1928.
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