The antique tea table was very popular from the late 17th Century to the Victorian era. Antique tea tables came in many different forms, some were small rectangular in shape, some small, round tilt-top design and some were in the side table style with a swivel top very similar to the antique card table. Antique tea tables were all about tea presentation, because tea was very expensive and was served whilst guests were visiting, so having a fine piece of furniture to serve it on was very important, a statement piece to show your wealth. These antique tables were put in a corner or side of a room and then when needed they were moved into the middle of the room sometimes on castors, for displaying their exotic teas. They would open up to double the size with two thick, figured leaves making a larger serving space, either using a swivel mechanism or by using a gate leg support. Mahogany was the main timber used but other exotic woods were used on more expensive pieces like rosewood or burr walnut. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale.