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					                                      Antique Dining Table

 According to the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary, the word "antique" refers to "an object
such as a piece of furniture that is old and often valuable." In other words, the object is cherished
despite its unfashionable nature. In this case, it has not waned in quality due to its longevity.
Therefore, the condition of being out of vogue does not affect its acceptability and use to enrich
lives in different ways.

"Antique dining tables" are those dining tables collected from antiquity. These are dining tables
that were used centuries ago, but have remained till date. Some of these tables look so awkward
and cumbersome unlike the fashionable ones predominant nowadays. They are relatively heavy
and large. It is relevant to know that those known as trestle table which was in vogue for the most
of the Middle Ages survived destruction. The top of those tables were the products of woods, that
is, planks which were made to rest on trestles. When need called for other interesting activities,
spaces were created by dismantling those tables which were subsequently removed to the hall

Antique dining tables that are home to France were found during the eighteenth and nineteenth
century. These antique French tables are categorized into Refectory, Trestle and Harvest tables.
The most popular and oldest of the antique French dining tables are the Refectory tables which
existed as early as the sixteenth century. These tables were mostly seen in monasteries during
French's medieval period. The name "Refectory tables" became known because these tables
were placed in refectories where monks usually eat their food.

Other factors that contributed to their popularity are their profound sturdy design and physical
nature. Oak, walnut or mahogany is usually the hard wood, the raw material for these tables. They
were mostly designed to match the hardwood antique doors in French homes. It is, therefore, not
surprising that after centuries of usage, those authentic antique Refectory tables still retain their
beauty and newness nowadays. Their usual designs are various joined wood parts with beveled
legs supporting a flat top. Refectory tables were introduced as advancements of trestle tables.

Comparably, the Trestle tables are smaller variety of the Refectory tables and have the capacity to
accommodate up to four to six people. Their design is such that they have simple tops, supported
by bevel legs. With all pieces made of the same wood, these tables usually come with chairs or

On the other hand, the Harvest tables slightly differ from the two varieties of the French antique
dining tables mentioned earlier. The difference is made possible by the presence of two or more
drawers which are usually along the longer sides. With this uniqueness, they become ideal as
multipurpose objects. This is because they not only serve as tables, but also as desks. With these
designs that include four separate straight elegant legs, harvest tables have inspired modern day
dining tables in most homes.

In recent days, most "antique dining tables" are being traded not because of their beauty,
attractiveness or indispensability, but due to their peculiarities and awesome values. In some
cases, their prices are relatively high compared to those ones in vogue today. On the other hand,
most conservative families prefer to keep their own as a precious heirloom. To them they are such
august properties that do not worth disposing. The museums also are home to such aged objects.
Those who have no money or interest in purchasing them could as well have access to them as

Finally, there is no gainsaying that these tables are valued today going by the way they are traded,
displayed, and kept secured in its strictest sense. Mostly constructed with hard woods like
mahogany, they have withstood various harsh weather conditions, though some could not stand
the test of time. It is in the interest of History and posterity that these objects should remain

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