An Attractive 19thC English Bleached Oak & Stained Pine Tavern Table

Origin: English
Period: Mid 19thC
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1830-50 & Later
Width: 67”
Depth: 20.5”
Height: 30.25” (all at top)

Having a one piece bleached oak oblong top on the original painted pine x-frame legs with two later iron struts, the whole surviving from the middle of nineteenth century England.

The condition is good overall with the top being stable and with some patination whilst the surfaces of the x-frame legs are all original with wear to the stained finish on the trestles and much accretion of old dirt and grime. We have only waxed the top of the piece which shows some areas of wear giving good character with one lighter patch to one end, please see the photographs for a visual reference. The base has been moved at one stage as it was once further towards each end of the top, and it was at this time that the two iron struts may have been added, sometime in the early twentieth century. The table is versatile and could be used as a side or centre table or for dining with it seating six.

The 18th and 19th centuries saw a massive rebuilding of pubs in reaction to changing tastes and the opening of new establishments to meet new demand in industrial and suburban areas. By the end of the 18th century, the saloon was introduced to the pub. It was a kind of a luxury room; people could enjoy other entertainment as well as drinking for a higher price or an admission fee. Strictly speaking, inns provided rooms for travellers, taverns provided food and drink, while alehouses simply dished out beery substances. A card room or a billiards room was also popular. By the early 1800s Gin Palaces mushroomed in major cities of Britain, and caused serious health and moral problems in England. These drinking lairs gave birth to in numerous crimes and the deathly epidemic of alcoholism. In response to the Gin Craze, the government passed the Beer Act of 1830, which allowed a new set of premises called the Beer Houses to sell alcohol. Anyone could brew and sell cider or beer in his household after paying a certain rate, but only cider or beer.

A beautiful looking table that has the ability to work wonderfully well in almost any setting.