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It has been masterfully crafted in beautiful solid mahogany throughout, and the finish and attention to detail on display are truly breathtaking. It can seat twelve people in great comfort.
A winding mechanism allows one to extend the table to different lengths, and the two original leaves can be added or removed as required to suit the occasion. The table stands on beautiful turned and reeded legs that terminate in the original brass and porcelain castors.
Transform the fine dining experience in your home with this dining table fit for a king.
Matching chairs available - please see other listings or enquire.
In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.
Dimensions in cm:
Height 76 x Width 287 x Depth 138 - when fully extended
Height 76 x Width 162 x Depth 138 - when completely closed
Dimensions in inches:
Height 29.9 x Width 113.0 x Depth 54.3 - when fully extended
Height 29.9 x Width 63.8 x Depth 54.3 - when completely closed
is probably one of the largest ‘families’ of hardwood, having many different varieties within its own species.
Mahogany has been used for centuries in ship building, house building, furniture making etc and is the core structure of just about every 19th century vanity box, dressing case or jewellery box. It became more of a Victorian trend to dress Mahogany with these decorative veneers, such as Rosewood, Kingwood, Burr Walnut and Coromandel, so that the actual Mahogany was almost hidden from view.
Mahogany itself is a rich reddish brown wood that can range from being plain in appearance to something that is so vibrant, figured and almost three dimensional in effect.
Although Mahogany was most often used in its solid form, it also provided some beautifully figured varieties of veneer like ‘Flame’ Mahogany and ‘Fiddleback’ Mahogany (named after its preferred use in the manufacture of fine musical instruments).
Cuban Mahogany was so sought after, that by the late 1850′s, this particular variety became all but extinct
Winding Mechanism for extending tables
A man by the name of Samuel Hawkins applied for a patent on a screw expander on June 6th, 1861. Presumably, Mr. Hawkins either died or retired because his business was taken over by a young machinist named Joseph Fitter in 1864.
Joseph Fitter operated a machinist shop where he produced winding mechanisms for extending tables as well as screw expanders for piano stools and other applications at 210 Cheapside, Birmingham England by the name of Britannia Works.
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