The Antique Occasional Table, comes in many different form built for a variety of uses, dating as far back as the 17th Century. Some of the earliest form were used to hold a candle on the top. They were mainly in the form of the antique tripod table. They were small, so could be easily carried around and usually made in oak, fruit-wood or elm.
During the Georgian period, wine drinking was at the height of fashion so elegant antique wine tables were made, standing on three splayed legs and a circular top, the best being made from one piece of solid Mahogany. They were made to tilt with a tilting mechanism, so could be easily placed away when not in use.
The Georgian and Victorians also loved to drink tea, so little decorative antique tea tables were made by cabinet makers to fulfil this new trend. Although many were in the tripod design, cabinet makers came up with new ideas to make them more interesting. Tea tables had to be one of the finest pieces of furniture, as this was a show piece for guests to see. Only the best timbers were used from figured walnut to the more striking rosewood.
During the Edwardian period, a few new designs were made to fulfil the new modern living. First was the antique lamp table, made slightly taller and usually inlaid. The other was a neat design of a nesting or nest of tables. These sweet, little tables came as a set of three or four, that was sued for serving drinks or refreshments. When finished, they slot together into one smaller table, so ideal for the Edwardian home as they were smaller than the previous Victorian properties.