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08-21-2010 05:29 AM

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I need the help of some experts. Can anyone help me identify the style and possibly the age of this oak table? The boast is that the table is 200 years old. What do you think about it and the chairs below?

oak table

table legs

What about these chairs? It was mentioned they were from the 1930’s?

close up of chair

Thanks so much for your time!

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#1 posted 08-21-2010 01:03 PM

The table looks to be English and the patina on the table shows good age in the photos, but those casters look like they’ve got a plastic or resin wheel. Throughly check the underside for tool marks and, if possible unmount the top from the apron, that should quickly reveal if the patina has been “applied”

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#2 posted 08-21-2010 02:23 PM

Those table legs are nice, but they’re machine made. They are laminated, which would not have happened 200 yrs ago. Probably not earlier than 1880’s in my opinion. looks like the legs were married to a top and apron that were home-built. In New England we used to call these ‘harvest tables’ with those stout legs and heavy-duty top, and it looks like this one was shortened from the typical length of 6 to 9 feet. Hard to tell, what is the height of this table? if it’s not 27’-30” it may have been shortened as well. Sad about old furniture, it often gets re-purposed and altered and I hope this wasn’t the case here. Chairs are indeed probably 30’s, auctioneers with tongue in cheek call them ‘Chippendale Revival” since they resemble those made in the 1700’s. I’d be happy to have both in my house!

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#3 posted 08-21-2010 03:55 PM

Thanks so much! These comments are helpful and make me even more excited about my purchase. Both the table and all 4 chairs are on hold for me at the ‘Mercantile’ so I’ll need to go back and do some measuring. I was able to get the sellers to come down on their asking prices so I’m only paying $175 for the table and $35.92 for each chair. Sa-weet!

No matter what, I’m just happy to furniture that has so much character and feels rock solid. If you have an tips for how to care for them, please let me know. I’ve done some research on the internet but I don’t want to risk it by going by some article. It seems that I need to use some kind of wax. Opinions? Brands recommended?

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#4 posted 08-21-2010 05:16 PM

FWIW – - My wife’s parents have a table that looks quite similar to this. I know that their table has a German heritage and I know it was built around 1900. I suspect that there was not much difference between English and German design at one time.

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