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Here's a tripod table I picked up cheap because of condition - cracking veneer on the top. I believe it to be all original with the exception of some missing veneer and edge banding. Solid turned central post and legs, hand dovetail legs to post, old screws. The construction would be correct for late 18th century, but the style doesn't look that old to me, so I believe it is somewhere in the 19th century, but which decade? Unusual style of leg for tripod table; extra points for finding a match. What's your theory?

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Nice find, I comfortable at 1840-50s though no American or English expert. Is the tilt hardware brass?


This is just an attempt to get near the time period and style...with 4 legs and no drop, practically not identical.

aah, its rather Duncan Phyfe isn't it?  The wood is lovely Jeff, nice find!

I'm sure Charm has time frame correct. I'm just wondering, did u find this on the East coast, usa, by any chance?

Three legs, indicates table rests against  a wall. If so the front looks askew but might be the photos, or possibly  the legs and trunk are loose?  Tilt top would be up when not in use. Game table? No idea on age.

I do not see how that section with the brass fitting makes it a Tilt Top?  I thought you would turn it to the side and it would become a drop leaf?

When it tilts, what happens to those screwed on  braces underneath? Maybe added later?



Thanks for the replies all. Yes the tilt latch in the pic is brass, the "hinge" is actually hidden and at the far end away from the latch. I'll take a pic of it tilted to make it clear how it works; not off-center or loose so I think that is due to the pic. It was found in the northeast US (Boston area); we're drowning in old stuff like this up here. I'll need to look at the secondary woods up close to see if that could help decide US or England. This one is unusual in not being refinished many times - it seems to be original finish though I haven't looked that closely to be sure. The pic Molly found is closer in style than anything I've found; wish they had taken a swag at the date in that ad. I wonder why they think that one is Italian - maybe because of the parquetry which mine doesn't have.

Aaak  - It is East coast then? Funny, I thought that if it were from E.Coast US, it would more likely be in the Chippendale school, not so Duncan Phyfe, lol

Gosh it's pretty!

BTW - Isn't there a product that will just remove the water stains etc, leaving the beautiful, original finish? anyone???  

Hi Jeff,

Looks like a nice old tilt-top tea table to me! Could you post a photo looking down on the surface of the table top? I'm so curious to see what is going on there. In terms of a date, I'd say pre-1825.

These tilt tops have all sorts of uses, most common was to hold a candle or oil lamp; also as a game table and a conversation or reading table, also a tea table as LB states.  You didn't provide a size so its use cannot be determined from the pictures.

In researching I've discovered there are very few octagonal tables so I looked at those that I found.

Another item that yours has and others do not are feet that are curved inwards. All others' (100s of  them) feet curve outwards.  Also your feet are non-descriptive, they are not paws or claws or balls or anything recognizable by era.  The legs and feet appear to have been cut by a scroll saw, the edges rounded over with a router, sanded and finished. The dove-tail connection of legs to the pillar is not unique, but common practice. The brass latch (looks like a pointer) turns sideways and unlocks the tilting part. As you say the hinges are at the other ends.  The exact, same latch can be seen (on-line) on pieces made in France, England and America on pieces dated to late 1800s to early 1900s.

Where the legs turn inwards and become feet your picture shows several striations that look like plywood. Strips of veneer might cover the edges as I can see a fine dark line on both sides indicating the use of veneer.  Again it could be the photos...

If it's not plywood then I would suggest American made, possibly Quaker or Amish, late 1800s to early 1900s. Wood looks like maple and cherry.

Federal Cherry and Birch Tilt-top Candlestand, probably Massachusetts North shore, c. 1810, the elongated oval top on a vase- and ring-turned post and tripod base of shaped ending in spade feet, old surface, (minor imperfections), ht. 30 1/2, wd. 15, dp. 23 3/4 in. 
Estimate $300-350

1stdibs | French Tilt Top Table

This is described as a French Tilt Top...not much else in the description.


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