Unlike the paper-thin veneers used on contemporary furniture, these veneers are 1/8 thick and provide strength and stability to the table. The side leaves drop down and the middle leaf is removable to make the table more compact. Its pedestals have 3 curved legs with brass caps adorning the ends. The original owner wanted the table to stay at it's maximum length, so she had it modified. When we got the table, the side leaves were unable to drop down, and the pedestals were moved closer to the center so that when the middle leaf was not in place and we attempted to slide the table closed, the legs of the pedestals would touch and not allow the table to close completely.
The gap was around 12. Not only were the pedestals brought closer to the center, but so was the skirt (the boards under the top). The original hinges were replaced, and the 4 spring-loaded support hinges were secured to the face of the skirt, which is not normal. Our carpenter disassembled the table and put it back together to look as close to its original state as possible.
If you look under the top, it will still look strange to any woodworker or keen observer, but at least it functions. Since the original hardware was replaced, our carpenter wasn't able to get the sides to drop down 90 degrees like they could originally. They drop about 60 - 70 degrees (see photos).This is enough to make the table compact when not in use and most people won't be able to notice this slight peculiarity. At the point of salvage, 2 of the brass caps were missing, so we added 2 heavier, cast brass feet. They look just like the originals, but better quality. The bottom portions of the pedestals and the legs were painted brown. I'm not sure why this was done and I didn't ask the original owner, as I didn't even notice until our carpenter disassembled the table. The color is so close to the color of the rest of the table that it's hard to distinguish unless you observe closely. The color of the leaf also doesn't match the color of the rest of the table. Our carpenter accidentally put 2 pinhead-sized holes in the top when he drilled some longer screws into the bottom (see photo). One of the legs has a chip and a scraped portion right next to its brass cap (see photo). Since they were painted brown, it's hard to spot them.
The dark spot in the middle shows what the table's original color looked like. This spot was protected from sunlight by a vase.
Unless you want to refinish the top to give it a uniform color, you could also place a vase, bowl, doily, or something else in the middle to cover the dark spot. Since our carpenter disassembled and put the table back together, it's super strong and sturdy. Due to all of the repairs, I would say the table looks, distressed.
There are scratches, nicks, and spots of worn finish here and there, but there aren't any breaks, cracks, rot, or warped parts. For anyone who likes a newer, cleaner look, keep in mind that the table is solid wood so it could be refinished. Either way, the table is ready for another lifetime of service. Top : 30"x42" (w/leaves extended) 59"x42". (w/leaves extended & middle leaf inserted) 72"x42".
VA, MD, DC, DE, PA, NJ, NY, & New England : We deliver to these states every 2 - 3 weeks. The item "Antique Vintage Mahogany Wood Wooden Drop Leaf Pedestal Claw Foot Dining Table" is in sale since Sunday, March 1, 2020.
This item is in the category "Antiques\Furniture\Tables\1900-1950". The seller is "pennantique" and is located in Scranton, Pennsylvania. This item can be shipped to United States.