Regency Extending Concertina Pembroke Dining Table (c. 1815 United Kingdom)

GBP 6,800.00

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Object Description

Rare early extending antique dining table. The idea of an extending dining table was one that dates back centuries. However, there was not a really useful way of making a table adjustable, while retaining its structural integrity, until around 1805. This was the year of the first patent for a concertina or scissors action extending dining table, which was taken out by Wilkinsons of Moorfields in London.
Not long after this the later system of sliding bearers became widespread, so having a concertina action is a good indication of age.
This table is made of good solid mahogany with surprisingly heavy leaves, there is reeding and turned decoration on the legs.
As this table is also an extending Pembroke table it has hinged leaves so it can be stored and transported much more easily.
This is especially useful so it can be carried from room to room or out to the garden without having to be turned on its side.

Object History

Thomas & William Wilkinson, of 9/10 Brokers Row, Moorfields, London were specialist makers of dining tables and in 1807 patented a ‘concertina’ or ‘scissor action’ that permitted their table to be either greatly reduced or expanded in length.

The antique furniture maker William and Thomas Wilkinson operated a cabinet making business at Brokers Row, Moorfields between 1790-1807, after which William left to take over the established business of Quentin Kaye at 14 Ludgate Hill. William was an upholsterer and cabinet maker. He made very fashionable beautiful regency furniture and also did some patented items including antique extending dining tables. After Williams death in 1833 the firm was continued by his sons William Ayscough and Charles and continued to operate into the 20th century eventually trading as Hindley and Wilkinson in 1909.

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