Antique Wind Out Tables are a Victorian design of dining table with a unique feature. As dining was such a big part of the 19th Century home, a large dining table was essential to accommodate lots of dinner guests. This became a problem as it would take up too much room in the dining room, so Victorian cabinet makers came up with an ingenious idea. They would fit a mechanism under the table to enable it to extend and close to different lengths. This was done with a crank or wining handle and this was turned at one end of the table. This twisted a spiral bar (called a corkscrew mechanism) that pulled the table open, enabling you to add additional leaves into the centre. This mechanism was mainly built by a company called Joseph Fitter from Birmingham who also built castors and other metal works specially for antique furniture. Overall Antique wind out tables are a super example of Victorian craftsmanship, very versatile as they could have up-to four central removable leaves providing the owner with a variety of options regarding the length of the table, dependant on the amount of guests visiting. Have a look below at our lovely examples available for sale.