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MahoganyA tree, Swietenia mahagom, that provides a hardwearing, deep reddish-brown timber with a close grain, native to Central and South America and the West Indies.

From 1730, large quantities of mahogany were imported into Europe from Jamaica (known as ‘Gamaica wood’), then from Cuba, San Domingo (Spanish mahogany) and Honduras (known also as Baywood).

As supplies of walnut declined, mahogany became the preferred wood of cabinet-makers, used both in the solid and as a Veneer.

Its popularity was due to its inherent strength and the width of the boards, which could be used to make table leaves from one piece.

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