Designed in a classic loper style, this fine drop leaf dining table was only recently bench-made by a third-generation cabinetmaker in England. Using the finest materials and expert techniques, he refined this table into a marvelous piece that will last for many years to come as a flexible and beautiful addition to any period furniture collection.
Classic drop leaf dining table functionality
The classic drop leaf design of this beautiful dining table makes it quite a versatile piece. With both leaves down, the depth measures 23.5″. With both leaves up, the table measures a full 72″ long x 60″ wide, perfect for regular dining or for special occasions. When the table is not in use, it can be placed against a wall like a sideboard. This functionality allows drop leaf dining tables like this one to adapt to many uses, hence the enduring popularity of the design after several centuries of use in traditional English furniture settings.
Rich antique style
The principle wood used in this lovely table is a rich selection of oak. Yew banding forms a beautiful, accentual border around the oval top, which contrasts beautifully with the oak. During construction, the wood was treated to an elaborate finishing process, beginning with hand-distressing and ending with a polish of fine, hand-rubbed wax. This last step helps to protect and enrich the natural beauty of the wood; wax can even be re-applied twice a year to maintain the polish. Finally the French legs, every bit as sturdy as they are elegant, are quite attractive in themselves and complement the oval table top.
True heirloom quality craftsmanship
Few drop leaf dining tables can compare in quality to this astounding piece. The leaves continue to lift and drop very smoothly and rest on thick, solid wood supports that run beneath the table. The legs are very strong and their French design even strengthens the joins for durable support. The wood is also a prize selection, although one small part of the yew banding has been filled in owing to a small imperfection in the original wood. Overall the table is extremely well-made and will last for many decades to come as any truly heirloom quality piece should.