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Antique Gateleg Tables are a type of table with two large hinged drop flaps (leaves) that open to a larger dining table supported by a swinging gate leg, later known as a drop leaf. The leaves fold down when not in use so they do not take up much room, only having a central fixed section. Antique Gateleg tables were first introduced in the early 17th century mainly constructed from English oak but more rare examples were constructed from Walnut and beautifully figured Fruit-woods. The tops were in three sections, built using long planks of wood and they have swinging, pivoted turned baluster shaped legs with joining stretchers that opened like a gate. Iron hinges were used on the underside along with pegs in their construction. Some of the most sought after have Oak lined drawers on either side of the gate-leg table with early drop handles. They were built for country homes, cottages and taverns so over the years they got plenty of use. This means they always have a country house feel with lots of wonderful charm, character and a lovely patina that we preserve by cleaning and waxing using traditional methods. Have a look below at our lovely examples available.
Some previous examples we have sold include this 18th Century Gate leg table of lovely large proportions. It is of early pegged construction and dates from around 1700. It has two drop leaves which are supported by a gate leg action and stands on beautifully turned legs with cross stretcher for added stability, it also has an oak lined drawer.