Antique Gateleg Dining Tables
Antique Gateleg Dining Tables are a style of wooden dining table.
Brief history and description
The origins of gateleg dining tables date back to the 1600s. They are a style of drop leaf table that are made with hinged tops that fold down on either side.
Gateleg dining tables that were built during the 17th century were as long as 8 feet in diameter, however, later on small gateleg tables were considered be more fashionable.
Antique gateleg dining tables can be made from a variety of different materials such as mahogany, cherry, or oak (although oak was the most common material used in gateleg dining tables during the 18th century).
Guide for collectors
Pennsylvania baroque gateleg dining tables with oval tops are considered to be the most rare and valuable among collectors, as well as gateleg tables that are made out of expensive woods or fine materials. Later copies of gateleg dining tables are usually made out of old floorboards and may have filled-in holes as well, and are considered to be less rare among collectors.
Restoration of an antique gateleg dining table is recommended, but only if there is noticeable damage. It is quite common to come across a gateleg table that has a squeaky or damaged sliding mechanism due to their delicacy, however, restoring a gateleg table may decrease its value.
For more information regarding antique gateleg dining tables, visit The Dining Table Guide or Selling Antiques.
Wickliff & Associates Auctioneers in Carmel, Indiana sold a gateleg drop leaf dining table for $50 in November of 2010.
Lewis & Maese Antiques in Houston, Texas sold a mahogany gateleg dining table (circa 1800s) for $975 in December of 2008.
DuMouchelles in Detroit, Michigan sold a cherry gateleg dining table (circa 1850; 28" x 47" x 19") for $275 in August of 2006.
Lewis & Maese Antiques in Houston, Texas sold a Sheraton-style gateleg dining table (94" x 30" x 48") for $750 in July of 2010, and another Sheraton-style gateleg dining table of the same size for $1,500 in October of 2009.
Neal Auction Company in New Orleans, Louisiana sold an American tiger maple gateleg dining table (circa 19th century; 27.5" x 50.5" x 42") for $1,200 in September of 2011.
Neal Auction Company in New Orleans, Louisiana sold a Chippendale-style mahogany gateleg dining table (circa 19th century; 28" x 64.5" x 41") for $350 in August of 2005.
Brunk Auctions in Asheville, North Carolina sold a Pennsylvania baroque gateleg dining table with an oval top (circa early 18th century; 29.25" x 18" x 57.75") for $9,000 in March of 2010.