Many fine pieces of mid-18th Century case furniture, and particularly card-tables have 'H. TIBATS' stamped on their concertina-action hinges, including the card-table, lot 37 in this sale and one in the Victoria and Albert Museum. Tibbats was clearly an important source of iron fittings and was probably based in London or Birmingham (P. Thornton, 'A Signed Hinge', Furniture History, Leeds, 1966, pp.44-45, pl. XXIII).
Among those card-tables with serpentined and eagle-clawed legs enriched with Roman acanthus, was one sold from a deceased estate, in these Rooms, 11 April 1991, lot 96, another sold by David Geffers, formerly in the collection of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Warner, Christie's New York, 12 October 1990, lot 170 and a third, bearing the label for M. Harris & Sons, sold anonymously, Sotheby's New York, 21 April 1995, lot 348.