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|Antique Drop Leaf Tables are a type of original table with a hinged top.
Brief history and description
Drop leaf tables were invented in America during the 1600s, and typically feature hinged tops which allow the table to fold down on one or two sides.
Drop leaf tables can not only be made from a variety of different materials such as mahogany, oak, maple, walnut or pine, they can also come in a variety of different styles as well.
Some of the many earlier styles of the drop leaf table include the gate-leg table (which was common between 1690 and 1720 and typically made out of walnut or maple), the butterfly drop leaf table (which was invented in America sometime around 1710), the swing-leg table (invented between 1730 and 1790 and considered to be one of the most popular style by some), and the Pembroke table (which was popular during the late 18th century).
Guide for collectors
Queen Anne drop leaf tables are considered to be the most rare and valuable, especially if they are made of mahogany. Drop leaf tables that come with attached tea caddies are also considered to be rare, as well as drop leaf tables that only have one single drop leaf (as opposed to two).
Restoration of an antique drop leaf table is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. However, restoring an antique drop leaf table may decrease its value.
For more information regarding antique drop leaf tables, visit Furniture Styles, Ruby Lane, or Journal of Antiques.
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