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Antique 16ft Victorian Pollard Oak DiningTable 19th Century

Antique 16ft  Victorian Pollard Oak DiningTable 19th Century | Ref. no. 09166 | Regent Antiques Sold
Ref: 09166
Price: £ 0.00
There is no mistaking the style and design of this exquisite Victorian pollard oak and black line inlaid extending dining table, circa 1870 in date.

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There is no mistaking the style and design of this exquisite Victorian pollard oak and black line inlaid extending dining table, circa 1870 in date. 

This stunning table has four leaves which can be added or removed as required to suit the occasion by a special wind out mechanism and can comfortably seat sixteen.

The rounded rectangular top, skirt, twin bases and central column have been hand-crafted from solid oak and the top and skirt  has been veneered in beautiful Pollard oak, which is seen in the intricate burr on the table top decorated simply with an elegant pair of inlaid ebonised black lines around the border.

The table rests on a pair of heavy turned and carved trestle bases each with a pair of decorative ring turned columns with dental collars the bases resting on recessed brass and porcelain castors. The table has a matching central column for extra stability when fully extended.

Whatever the function of this gorgeous table, it will make a profound impression on your guests and will receive the maximum amount of attention wherever it is placed.

 
Condition:

In excellent condition having been beautifully restored in our workshops, please see photos for confirmation.

 



Dimensions in cm:

Height 80 x Width 494 x Depth 148 - Fully Extended

Height 80 x Width 182 x Depth 148 - Leaves Removed

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 7 inches x Width 16 feet, 2 inches x Depth 4 feet, 10 inches - Fully Extended

Height 2 feet, 7 inches x Width 6 feet x Depth 4 feet, 10 inches - Leaves Removed

Our reference: 09166

Pollard Oak
Pollarding is a pruning system in which the upper branches of a tree are removed, promoting a dense head of foliage and branches. It has been common in Europe since medieval times and is practised today in urban areas worldwide, primarily to maintain trees at a predetermined height. The bole of the tree, constantly cut back over a period of years, will eventually form a lump, or ‘burr’, which when sawn for veneer, gives a lovely grained, swirling figure.
The effect is similar to that of burr walnut with its distinctive speckled grain. Burrs, or ‘burls’, are growths which appear on the side of tree trunks, resulting from a tree undergoing some form of stress. They may be caused by an injury, virus or fungus.
During the 19th century great strides were made in the mechanisation of cabinet making. Marc Isambard Brunel [ Isambard Kingdom’s father] built the first steam driven saw mill, and invented a circular saw that could be used to cut veneers thinly and evenly for the first time. He also developed the first hydraulic veneer press. The figured wood cut from burrs and pollards is notoriously difficult to cut and lay: the wild grain which makes it so attractive results in a very delicate, brittle veneer. The new machines enabled the Victorian craftsmen to make the most of these beautiful timbers.


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.
 

 

Dimensions in cm:

Height 80 x Width 494 x Depth 148 - Fully Extended

Height 80 x Width 182 x Depth 148 - Leaves Removed

Dimensions in inches:

Height 2 feet, 7 inches x Width 16 feet, 2 inches x Depth 4 feet, 10 inches - Fully Extended

Height 2 feet, 7 inches x Width 6 feet x Depth 4 feet, 10 inches - Leaves Removed

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