Collectibles-General (Antiques)/The "presto"


cindy wrote at 2009-12-27 13:54:04
i also have the same unique table and have wondered about it also. i have had several antique dealers look at it and no one has ever seen anything close to it. if you find any answers please e-mail me

Mike wrote at 2011-06-07 16:02:28
I have the same table but cannot find anything on this table anywhere

Susan Davis wrote at 2012-08-12 02:02:05
I also have this table but the iron stand does not pull out. I bought mine in the Atlanta area for $200 about eight years ago.  The finish on mine was very good when I bought it but when I was moving, I had to store it and the facility was not as "climate controlled" as they led me to believe.  As a result, the "laminate (?)" dried out and split in a few places.  I also cannot take a focused picture of the manufacturers tag.  The only provenance I have is that I am the first person in the U.S. to own this particular table as "the original owner brought it to America as part of a dowry."  I would love to hear from others who have this table.  Until then, I will imagine George, Paul, John, and Ringo perhaps having a shirt ironed on mine.

JORGE wrote at 2012-10-08 05:07:02

ian_boz wrote at 2013-08-21 14:07:14
I too have one of these tables-  it's been in my shed for 10+ years, and I have no idea how old it is.  I'd guess somewhere 1930-1960.

I only realised yesterday it was a bit different, when I found the pull out iron-stand on one side of the central section of the table.  I then had a good look and found the ironing board accessed by flipping the centre section over and folding out the length of the ironing board.

My piece has suffered some loss of varnish (French polish?) and a little lifting of the veneer, plus a few knocks, so it is probably not worth restoration, but it is cute.

fran wrote at 2016-02-06 20:08:52
I also have one of these tables. The Patent # and maker are clearly visible. It is exactly as described above. I am in New Orleans. The veneer is wearing away, but it is clearly made mostly of oak. Mine is missing doors on each end that hide the shelf parts. I would like to sell it also, but have not idea of its value.

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