Antique tripod tables were first seen in the early 18th century, used as a candle holder as they could be easily moved around the room where light was needed. Antique tripod tables have a carved or turned pedestal, stand on three legs and have a hinged top that tilts up into a vertical position, so they can be stored away when not in use. The tops are circular ( the very best having a one piece solid mahogany tilt top ) and operates on the original iron mechanism. Some mechanisms are called a ‘bird cage’ and this enables the table top to spin on the pedestal, this was usually used as a gaming table. The dish top design, is a raised moulded edge around the top that protects items from being accidentally knocked off the table top. Country tripod tables were usually made from Oak, Fruit-wood or Elm and were made from two or three planks of solid wood rather than one full solid top. 19th Century examples can be veneered in Walnut or Rosewood with interesting decoration from a chessboard top to a segmented sunburst design. Here at Antiques World we get many antique tables for sale but if you are specifically looking for a tripod table, have a look below at a few we currently have on offer.
Pedestal & Tripod tables for sale
Some previous examples we have sold include this rare Mahogany Birdcage Antique Supper Tripod table circa 1790. It has a one piece beautifully carved shaped tilt top with gaming Wells, tilt top mechanism and four pillar birdcage action platform. This quality antique table stands on an elegant carved turned pedestal with acanthus leaf carvings and has tripod splayed legs again with beautiful carvings and pad feet.
Of the finest quality, this antique small burr walnut Victorian tripod table dates from ca. 1860 and is the ideal piece for a wine or lamp table. It has a beautifully figured circular top with moulded edge above an elegant turned central pedestal, has a tripod shaped base with small turned finials and has turned bun feet with concealed small brass castors.
This 18th Century Tripod Table of super quality. The pedestal is elegantly turned and stands on tripod splayed legs with pad feet. The top itself is constructed from a solid piece of mahogany and tilts on its original mechanism. It makes the perfect station for a lamp or precious ornament.
This spectacular inlaid Edwardian Tripod Table circa, 1900 has an unusual octagonal top with unique fretwork carved gallery top with central intricate beautifully inlaid section, using satinwood, ebony and boxwood.
This Walnut Victorian Tripod Table is Inlaid with a Chess Board on top and has an elegantly turned barley twist pedestal.
This Georgian table has a birdcage tilt top with inlaid segmented top
Everything was handled in a perfect way. My table arrived in Germany well packed and in perfect condition as described. Nice contact. Thank you!
Dear James Sorry I’m a bit late in saying thank you very much for the table. It’s really lovely and just the right size. Nobody has noticed it yet mind you so it must blend in well!! It was delivered last Wednesday dead on the dot of 8.30 a.m. Thanking you again. Kind regards Brenda
James, Table arrived safe and sound on Saturday – we are delighted with it. Many thanks for your assistance. Ben