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Hello Fred,
This was my grandmother's dining table. She told me it is an 18th or early 19th century table made in the American South.

What are your thoughts?  The center leaf for the table is missing, and it appears that one of the table tops has been replaced as well (mismatched color on the underside). The supports certainly appear to be original though there have been repairs and reinforcement. Do the legs appear to be original or repair/replacements?

What can you tell me about the table with this information?  I'm trying to decide whether the table is worth insuring and what for what value if so.  Thank you for your help.

Will - The table probably is from the late 18th/early 19th century, at least parts of it are. I have a very similar table from that period. However, it is probably English Regency rather than the American South. The fold over top was more of an English choice than a Southern one or even an American one. American choice in that period ran to drop leaf D end expansion tables. Like this.

Since the leaf is not original and one top may not be, not to mention the repairs, the table has little antique value and insurance value probably would not meet the minimum value requirement of the insurance company. The table would sell at auction in the mid hundreds, not the thousands.

However, the value of the table as a family heirloom and treasure is immeasurable.

Thanks for writing.

Fred Taylor

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I will attempt to answer questions about American antique furniture, including construction details, style, period, manufacturers, care, repair and storage. I do not have any background in appliances, musical instruments, sewing machines, trunks, lighting, clocks or children's and baby furniture and will not respond to questions about those items.


I ran an antique furniture restoration business for twenty years. I am a nationally syndicated columnist on the subject of antique furniture for such publications as Antique Week and New England Antiques Journal. I have produced one video on the subject of furniture identification and my book "HOW TO BE A FURNITURE DETECTIVE" is now available.I have also published articles in Antique Trader, Chicago Art Deco Society, Northeast Magazine, Victorian Decorating and Lifestyles, Professional Refinishing, Antiques and Art Around Florida and Antique Shoppe. You can visit my website at

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