Drum Table - Legislative Council Chamber

Table with circular top which revolves, on square pedestal base; woods- mahogany and oak. The top is inset with black leather; a narrow moulded edge projects above a deep apron containing twelve triangular drawers with brass outline keyholes and mushroom turned knobs; the drum shaped top overhangs a square pedestal base which contains vertical compartments. The door has brass-outline keyhole and slightly projecting moulded base.

Legislative Council Chamber
Province of New Brunswick
1770 - 1790
New York, UNITED STATES
New Brunswick, CANADA
GH 991.29.1
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This pedestal drum table may have been brought to New Brunswick from New York, by Loyalists. Around it the Governor’s Council gathered and deliberated at Mansion House (site of present-day Old Government House) in Fredericton on July 18, 1788.

The table’s top revolves, and contains twelve pie-shaped drawers. Each of the councillors had his own drawer, together with a vertical compartment in the pedestal base.

The Executive Council, chosen by the Lieutenant-Governor, was similar to the modern Cabinet – but those chosen did not have to be elected. Original members chosen for the Executive Council tended to be from the elites of colonial society. Many “elite” citizens considered a seat on the Executive Council to be an entitlement that went with their status in colonial society.

Today this artifact can be seen in the Council Chamber of the Legislative Assembly Building in Fredericton.


This pedestal drum table may have been brought to New Brunswick from New York, by Loyalists. Around it the Governor’s Council gathered and deliberated at Mansion House (site of present-day Old Government House) in Fredericton on July 18, 1788.

The table’s top revolves, and contains twelve pie-shaped drawers. Each of the councillors had his own drawer, together with a vertical compartment in the pedestal base.

The Executive Council, chosen by the Lieutenant-Governor, was similar to the modern Cabinet – but those chosen did not have to be elected. Original members chosen for the Executive Council tended to be from the elites of colonial society. Many “elite” citizens considered a seat on the Executive Council to be an entitlement that went with their status in colonial society.

Today this artifact can be seen in the Council Chamber of the Legislative Assembly Building in Fredericton.


Province of New Brunswick. All Rights Reserved.

Learning Objectives

Learners will understand that privileges were granted to "elite" members in colonial New Brunswick.

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