Barely a week has gone by since I was pondering dining room table ideas. I said something about wanting to find “the perfect antique dining table”. Well, I must have put the Antique Dining Table Vibe out there, because not three days later we found it at an antique store in Michigan which specializes in Arts and Crafts/Mission style furniture.
I didn’t really have anything specific in mind as we were looking, but I always imagined something rectangular with square edges. It also couldn’t be ornate — not only because it’s not our style, but also because I don’t think it would work with the bungalow style.
So when the store owner showed us this table, I definitely liked its simplicity but I wasn’t sure about the rounded edges. The solid quarter-sawn oak was a plus, and the compact size would also work well with a room like ours which also serves as a passageway to the rest of the house.
I would say that the clincher for this table was the 6 self-storing leaves, located in that drop-down panel on the end. Closed, the table measures four feet. With all six leaves inserted, the table expands to 10 feet. That will seat a lot of people! And I have to say, as someone who is always bumping into table corners (with the bruises to prove it), I think the rounded edges will be great for a pass-through room.
This particular table was made around 1905. The manufacturer is the Robbins Table Co. of Owosso, Michigan (located directly between Grand Rapids and Flint). So definitely not a “name” in furniture, but we wouldn’t be able to afford a name either. According to the little history I found,
Established in 1873, the Robbins family manufactured dining extension tables and chairs. Today, the extension tables are prized by collectors.
The store will be delivering the table (for a very reasonable fee) in a couple weeks.