Relevant categories: Tables
(Above photo - Pair Adams Console Tables - Regency Gilt Demi Lune Hall Table )
Antique hall tables aren't very different from console tables in design. The only difference is that they stand on four legs and might have one or two front or side drawers. They are also called antique telephone tables because of their use in holding the telephone. The primary materials for these tables are oak, even though some featured mahogany. The tables feature the arts and crafts style, transcending the Victorian and Edwardian periods
(Above photo - Pair Adams Console Tables Regency Demi Lune Hall Table Gilt )
It could be hard for you to identify an antique hall table when you go shopping for one. Here are straightforward ways to identify antique hall tables:
(Above photo - Pair Hepplewhite Console Tables - Demi Lune Antique Hall Table )
You can isolate antique hall tables from more modern pieces by looking at the joinery. Essentially, it should be hand-cut since machine-cut furniture only came out after 1860. Look at the drawers for signs of uneven hand-cut dovetail joints. Where the dovetails are even and closely fitting, they are most likely machine-cut.
(Above photo - Hepplewhite Console Table - Carved Oak Inlay Antique )
Apart from the joints, it would help if you looked at the back, sides, and bottom of the drawer. Any signs of cuts and nicks indicate the work of a drawknife, spokeshave, or plane. That is an antique hall table. However, wood with arc-shaped or circular marks represents a piece of furniture that isn't quite an antique.
(Above photo - Adams Console Table in Mahogany )
Handmade antique hall tables in the art and crafts style are likely to have inexact symmetry. Thus, the rockers, spindles, slats, rungs, and other smaller items are unlikely to be uniform. You need to scrutinize the parts for the minutest differences in shape or size. If they are exact fitting, then they aren't quite antique.
What type of finish does the wood have? In Victorian times, furniture makers used shellac as the only clear finish. Thus, the earliest antique hall tables likely have a shellac finish. Later in the mid-19th-century, lacquer and varnish emerged for the first time. Therefore, there are likely to be a few hall tables with that finish. However, the predominant finish for antique hall tables is shellac. Older pieces may have wax, oil, or milk paint finish.
As we had observed earlier, antique hall tables are predominantly made from oak or mahogany. However, you may likely find furniture pieces made from maple, walnut, rosewood, and cherry. Apart from the type of wood, the tables feature ornate carvings, clumsy design, dark finish, and heavy structure. You can assess whether a table is worth buying by checking signs of insect infestation or rotting.
(Above photo - Antique console table in mahogany )
You can buy an antique hall table and use it in the hallway for holding keys or your telephones. Alternatively, you can turn it into a side table in the living room for storing family photos, lamps, and so on. If you are wondering where to purchase an antique hall table, you have come to the right place. We have several antique hall tables in stock to allow enjoying greater variety when purchasing one. Welcome!
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