Antique George Hunzinger Tilt Top Tables
An antique George Hunzinger tilt-top table is a style of pedestal table that has a hinged top which allows it to be tilted to the vertical position.
History & Description
George Hunzinger was born in Germany in 1835 and throughout his career as a furniture designer achieved a number of patents that incorporated innovative mechanisms for tables and chairs. His tilt-tops tables were designed in 1894 and feature his patented hinge which allows the top of the table to tilt and lock into a vertical position.
Hunzinger’s furniture is extremely collectible and is also found in a number of permanent collections in museums in the United States, including New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.
Guide to collectors
Antique examples of George Hunzinger tilt-tables are extremely rare. Antique George Hunzinger tilt-top tables have in the past been sold at American auction houses, such as Neal Auction Company in New Orleans, Skinner’s in Boston and Alex Cooper Auctioneers in Towson.
The majority of his tilt-tables were made from mahogany and oak and Hunzinger, unlike many Victorian furniture designers, labelled and stamped all of his models, so identifying a Hunzinger is comparatively easy.
A George Hunzinger tilt-top game table, made from golden oak in the 1890s, was sold at Pleasant Cove, an antiques shop in Jacksonville, Florida, for $2,5001.
In August 2011, a mahogany tilt-top rotating games table, made by George Hunzinger in 1895, was sold through Alex Cooper Auctioneers in Towson, Maryland, for $250.
On January 28th 2007, a George Hunzinger tilt-top game table, circa 1989, was sold through Showplace Antique & Design Center, New York, for $150.
On April 3rd 2004, a George Hunzinger tilt-top game table, made in the late-nineteenth century, realised a price of $3,163 through Neal Auction Company, New Orleans.