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Vintage Folding Card Table with Imprinted Bridge Scoring Rules - Black and Green Shabby Chic Charmer

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The Petermans and the Pendertons had more going for them than good alliteration. The two couples loved to play cards together. In fact, for years, the couples reserved Tuesday night just for that pursuit. They would play Bridge, Pinochle, Rook, Hearts...the list went on--they loved them all. One week they would be at the Peterman’s and then the next week it was at the Penderton’s home. They would gather around a small folding card table and play cards into the wee hours of the night--Peterman/Pendorton perfection. That is until one day in the fall of 1949 when Wallace Peterman realized that Lucy Penderton’s nervous habit of tugging on her earlobe had more sinister designs. When he suggested to Henry that his wife’s earlobe tug was nothing more than a sign to him to direct how he played his hand, Lucy responded by suggesting that Delores Peterman always managed to lean over and eye Henry’s hand whenever she went to get more coffee. The night ended with both Wallace and Henry holding steak to their black eyes at their respective homes. The next day the familiar old folding card table was jostling about in the back of the St Vincent de Paul Charities truck, heading to the second-hand store never to be shared by a Peterman or a Penderton.


Here’s a fun find--a lightweight folding card table made of fiberboard cover with black paper. On the black paper there are Bridge scoring rules imprinted in green ink. The table is 29” X 29” and stands 24” high on fold-out green wooden legs. It folds down to approx. 1.5” thick. We’re not sure how old this table is but is looks to be from the 1930’s. The corners are reinforced with metal corner guards and fiberboard is secured to a wood frame by a series of metal rivets or large round-head tacks. This lightweight piece would make a wonderful occasional table in a shabby chic decor. It would also make a fun guestbook/welcome or gift table for a shabby chic wedding.

Considering this table is probably over 60 years old and basically made of cardboard and wood, it is in pretty good vintage condition. There are tears to the black paper surface and it has pealed off in a few spots. We also found some small splatters of white paint and various scuffs and scratches which add to its unique character. The Bridge rules imprinting is a bit faded but is still legible. The fiberboard is slightly bowed in between the wooden frame underneath. The wooden legs are in good shape--no cracks or breaks. The metal hinge hardware works smoothly but has some surface rust.

How about grabbing a vintage set of Rook cards to go with this card table? (The ones in the first photo):

SHIPPING NOTE- Although this is a lightweight table, its shipping dimensions make Hawaii and Alaska shipping quite expensive. Shipping rates are for lower 48 U.S.A. only and will most likely go by FedEx Groundl. If you would like it shipped to Alaska or Hawaii, Convo us before ordering.

SORRY- no International shipping on this item.

Greg Boydston
Dee Ann Boydston

Vintage Folding Card Table with Imprinted Bridge Scoring Rules - Black and Green Shabby Chic Charmer


  • Vintage item from the 1930s
  • Materials: fiberboard, wood, metal, paper
  • Only ships within United States.
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