My husband and I would like to know more about the table we purchased today. There is a moving leaf mechanism that is intact, and the legs are different than others we have seen. We are interested in history and fair market value.
Thank you so much!! We are looking forward to your response.
Valerie and Tom
Your table is from the Depression era of the 1930s. The style is William and Mary from the late 1600s. The table top is made of stump cut walnut veneer. Stump cut or butt cut walnut was the most decorative veneer used in the Depression era of the 1920s and 1930s when your table was made. Stump cut veneer is cut from the stump of a walnut tree below ground level where the grain pattern is very confused and erratic. The legs and stretchers are a secondary wood, probably gum.
The concealed folding leaf was very popular in the 1930s and 1940s.
Your table would sell at auction (fair market value) in the $200 range.
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