Antique Stretcher Tables (Early Dining Tables)


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The term "stretcher table" Was recently coined to describe the refectory tables that were popular from around 1550 to 1700.

These are the earliest forms of dining tables. Some have huge single plank tops, but most have two or three pieces of wood cleated together. Stretcher tables are usually made from oak in England, although you can see tables made from elm or a combination of the two. They are made from oak and pine in the America. 

Large numbers of copies were produced at the turn of the 19th century, often made from oak floorboards. Check table tops for  filled holes at even spaces - these could mean the planks were originally nailed to joists as part of somebody's floor. Also, check the difference in color between the underside of the top and inside of the skirt. 







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