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.
Extending & Wind Out Tables for sale
Below are some examples of previously sold tables, let us know if any particular design is what you are looking for as we have new stock arriving daily.
Edwardian Large Antique Wind-Out Dining Table with a Joseph Fitter wind-out mechanism and winding handle. The four cabriole legs are also wonderfully carved and sit on ball and claw feet with brass castors.
Victorian wind-out extending table, constructed from a rich warm coloured walnut with brass cup castors with brown porcelain wheels.
Golden Oak Victorian Antique Wind-Out Extending Dining Table. Grand enough for a dining room and robust enough for a kitchen, this table ticks all the boxes!
Dating from the 19th Century this gorgeous Victorian oak antique dining table is pure quality. The top is made from solid oak and extends using a winding mechanism crafted by the renowned maker ‘Joseph Fitter’ and comes complete with a winding handle. The top has an additional two leaves and is beautifully figured both when closed or extended to its maximum potential. The moulded edge softens the look of the whole top and fits well with the four delightfully turned legs that are finished with brass castors.
Wind out table made from mahogany and still retains the original makers stamp of “Bartholomew & Fletcher”. When closed it is a very attractive circular dining table with an unusual moulded edge above a deep apron and stands on four elegantly turned reeded legs with decorative carved motif to the hip. The additional leaves also include the deep apron so when the table is at its full length it is not obvious it is an extending variety, this is a true sign of quality and craftsmanship.
Large Victorian Mahogany Antique Wind Out Dining Table with two central removable leaves that can comfortably seat ten people but when closed this super table compacts to a lovely oval shape.
- Jackie and William,
James,It was with a degree of trepidation that we purchased an oak table from yourselves online without viewing it in the ‘flesh’ so to speak. This is something that we said we would not do but we need not have worried as the experience was very positive. I want to thank you for the smooth transaction from negotiating a discount over the phone to delivery to our home in Portstewart, Northern Ireland. We are very pleased with table that was as described and in excellent condition. It took us an age to unwrap so thorough was the packaging! Once again thank you Driscolls for all your help.RegardsJackie and William
- antique furniture used in Lincoln Centre Theatre New York,
Dear Mr. Driscoll,The antique table and chairs arrived last week in perfect condition. I wanted to personally write and thank you for giving us such a reasonable price for the pieces and for arranging the shipping. The whole process was very straight forward and simple and went off without the slightest hitch. I’m just glad we had the time, which in the theatre is something we usually have little of, to plan. The furniture is used in Lincoln Centre Theatre in New York, and these pieces were used in a show called ‘A Minister’s Wife’ A MINISTER’S WIFE is a musical based on George Bernard Shaw’s Candida, it is set in London and is about a love triangle among a Socialist clergyman, Reverend James Morell, his wife, Candida, and Eugene Marchbanks, who, infatuated with Candida, aims to win her love.
- Paul Milner,
We had concerns at spending a considerable sum of money buying an antique table on line and having to rely on the web description. In the event we needn't have worried the William IV dining table supplied by James Driscolls arrived exactly as pictured and described - in a word perfect. We have now asked James to source a display cabinet from the same period. A satisfied customer!