Antique Tripod Tables

Antique tripod tables were first seen in the early 18th century and their main use was to hold candles on as they could be easily moved around the room where light was needed. There purposes soon changed as people realised how useful these little tables were and they were seen as occasional or wine tables and very often used as tea tables.

These antique tripod tables stand on three legs and mainly have a hinged top that tilts up into a vertical position, so they can be stored away when not in use. They also come with plain tops and rounded edges, they would sometimes have carved and decorated columns and bases. Also a nice feature on some is called a dish top which means a raised moulded edge around the top that protects items from being accidentally knocked off the table top. Most tripod tables also still have the original tilting mechanisms which have had years of use.

The best antique tripod tables have a top that is made from a single piece of solid mahogany. Country tripod tables were usually made from oak, fruitwood or elm and were made from two or three planks of solid wood rather than one full solid top. Here at Antiques World we often get a beautiful selection for sale and you can see our current selection here on our antique tables page. below are examples of previous stock that we have sold and if any particular design looks of interest, please let us know as we can inform you of similar pieces that we acquire.

Rare Georgian mahogany birdcage antique supper table – antique tripod table Rare Georgian mahogany birdcage antique supper table – antique tripod table

Rare Georgian mahogany birdcage antique supper table – antique tripod table
This superb quality, rare Georgian mahogany birdcage antique supper table / antique tilt top table / antique tripod table circa 1790 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.

This item is now sold, please click here to see our current stock.

Finest Quality Small Burr Walnut Victorian Occasional Table Finest Quality Small Burr Walnut Victorian Occasional Table

Finest Quality Small Burr Walnut Victorian Occasional Table
This finest quality antique small burr walnut Victorian occasional 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 item is now sold, please click here to see our current stock.

Quality, Georgian Mahogany, Antique Circular Tilt Top Occasional Table. Quality, Georgian Mahogany, Antique Circular Tilt Top Occasional Table.

Quality, Georgian Mahogany, Antique Circular Tilt Top Occasional Table.
This beautiful antique Georgian table, dating from around 1800, has a circular top and is 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. This is a quality table from the period and has aged to a lovely warm medium shade of mahogany with a striking grain, good patina, is in very good condition and has been beautifully cleaned using a traditional form of wax finishing.

This item is now sold, please click here to see our current stock.

Georgian Mahogany Antique Occasional Wine Table Georgian Mahogany Antique Occasional Wine Table

Georgian Mahogany Antique Occasional Wine Table

Dating from around 1790 in the Georgian period this delightful antique mahogany occasional table makes the perfect station for a lamp or precious ornament. It has a circular one piece solid mahogany tilt top that operates on the original mechanism.

This item is now sold, please click here to see our current stock.

Spectacular Quality Mahogany Inlaid Edwardian Antique Occasional Table Spectacular Quality Mahogany Inlaid Edwardian Antique Occasional Table

Spectacular Quality Mahogany  Inlaid Edwardian Antique Occasional Table

This Spectacular Quality Inlaid Edwardian Antique Occasional / Wine / Lamp 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.

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Fine Quality Antique Regency Mahogany Occasional Tripod Table Fine Quality Antique Regency Mahogany Occasional Tripod Table

Dating from around 1830 in the Regency period this fine quality table is made from mahogany. The circular top is made from a single piece of mahogany and tilts on the original mechanism.

This item is now sold, please click here to see our current stock.

Victorian Walnut Chess Top Occasional Antique Table Victorian Walnut Chess Top Occasional Antique Table

Victorian Walnut Chess Top Occasional Antique Table.
Dating from around 1880 in the Victorian period this delightful antique occasional table is constructed from walnut. It has a beautiful moulded top with an unusual chess board inlaid centre decoration. It stands on a turned pedestal with tripod splayed legs and a central turned finial at the base.

This item is now sold, please click here to see our current stock.

https://antiquesworld.co.uk/antique-furniture/victorian-walnut-chess-top-occasional-antique-table/ https://antiquesworld.co.uk/antique-furniture/victorian-walnut-chess-top-occasional-antique-table/

Antique Walnut Victorian Side Table with Inlaid Chess Board on an elegantly turned barley twist pedestal.

Fine Quality Solid Mahogany Antique Georgian Birdcage Top Table Fine Quality Solid Mahogany Antique Georgian Birdcage Top Table

Fine Quality Solid Mahogany Antique Georgian Birdcage Top Table

This beautiful Georgian, circa 1780, birdcage top mahogany antique table is of very fine quality and would make the ideal occasional table. The circular top is constructed from a solid piece of mahogany and tilts on a very early mechanism. It spins, as all birdcage top tables should, above an elegant vase shape pedestal having tripod splayed legs and pad feet. The table has recently been repolished taking it back to its former glory so is perfect for the antiques enthusiast who prefers a much cleaner, less ‘used’, looking piece!

This item is now sold, please click here to see our current stock.

Georgian birdcage tilt top inlaid table with segmented top Georgian birdcage tilt top inlaid table with segmented top

Georgian birdcage tilt top inlaid table with segmented top

 

8 thoughts on “Antique Tripod Tables

  1. How can I tell who made mine? I found a “j” carved in the bottom and then what looks like a stamp that possibly reads “1057”.

    1. Hi
      sorry Im not sure who would have made it with the stamp J, its not a maker I have come across. does it not have any other names on there? as usually there would be an annitial J and then the last mane.
      Thanks
      James

  2. Hi,
    I have thoroughly enjoyed looking at your website.

    I wonder if you might be able to help me to date and to solve the puzzle of an unusual little table of mine.

    The table top itself is very small and a perfect heart shape ( bought for me by my husband for a valentine present :)) We have often puzzled the old look of the table top with the more sleek and machined look of the three bow legs and that of the centre piece which supports the legs and holds them together. The table top is engraved all around the edge in a very simple smooth, semi-sphere pattern. I don’t know which wood it is made from and would also be interested in what you think I should use to polish and care for it.

    I would be delighted to be able to date the table and look forward to hearing from you.

    With thanks.

    Joanne Chard

  3. I recently purchased a tilt table and I’m unsure of the age and value. The table appears old but but I have my doubts. Maybe you can shed some insight.

    Three legged, brass or bronze toe caps with brass or bronze casters. Down each leg there is two strips of brass/bronze maybe 1/8″ inlayed. The brackets that hold the legs to the center of the base have “England” stamped in them. The top of the base and the bottom of the table have what appears to be “III” scribed on them. Maybe Roman numerals ???

    The table top itself has a leather material in the center and around the outside of the top is a brass or bronze strip which is tacked on.

    All the screws are “flat heads” and the two main screws that hold the top to the base are square heads 7/16″

    Any and all help is greatly appreciated! Thank you.

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