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Games Tables. An Overview. Tilt Top Tables. Fig. 1 Mid Victorian Circular Tilt Top Table 1870. These tables appeared about 1725 onwards known as “supping tables”. The tilt tops allowed them to be stored against the wall when not in use . Pedestal Tables.

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games tables

Games Tables

An Overview.

J. Byrne 2013

tilt top tables
Tilt Top Tables

Fig. 1 Mid Victorian Circular Tilt Top Table 1870

These tables appeared about 1725 onwards

known as “supping tables”.

The tilt tops allowed them to be stored against

the wall when not in use.

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pedestal tables
Pedestal Tables
  • These tables increased in size by the 1750’s and were made for poker games. The style of pedestal changed over the years.

Fig. 2 Types of pedestals

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card table
Card Table

Fig. 3 American Mahogany Card Table

1840s – 50s

Mixture of Regency and Rococo styles

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Games Table

Fig. 4. Rosewood chess table with brass inlay

and demi-lune ends. Lyre shaped legs

What designer featured Lyres a lot in his work?

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burr walnut games table
Burr Walnut Games Table

Fig. 5. & 6. Games and work table 1860s

Work table – needle work or lace work.

Swivel top opens to reveal chessboard, cribbage and backgammon.

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Games Table

Fig. 7. Fold over games table 1750s.

Plain hand cut mahogany veneer, top is supported by a fly leg. Very straight take on the cabriole leg with club foot.

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Games Table

Fig. 8. Writing & Games table Sheraton period 1795.

Mahogany with high class veneering and inlay. The top turns over to reveal Backgammon board. Note the pull out ink compartment on the side.

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Games Table

Fig. 9. Chess table 1850

Mahogany veneered table with silhouette showing people playing at the table

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Games Table

Fig. 10 Games table George 111 mid 17th Century

Walnut with high class veneering and inlay. Many different game boards

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irish games table
Irish Games Table

Fig. 11 Irish mid Georgian yew card table. 1740 -1775.

Bog oak and dark stained mahogany were very popular wood for Irish furniture.

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Past Cabinet-making Exam
  • This plans of this table were given to Phase 6 Apprentices. They had to create the table to the drawings given in 12hours to a polishing standard.

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Games Table

View from side

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Games Table

View from front. Chess board box could be

disguised as front rail at top

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Games Table

Drawer at bottom this could be your

chess board box

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  • Images Fig. 1 to 8 taken from: BBC Books (1991)Antiques Roadshow. London. Marshalls Editions Developments LTD.
  • Images Fig. 9 to 11 taken from: BBC Books Antiques Roadshow. The A-Z of Antiques Hunting. London: Headwater Communications

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