Oak Trestletable Of Heavy Type

I his was the usual form of the early fifteenth century.

9s and perishable than an early oak table would have been. A somewhat hazardous speculation may be ventured here, that the large block, or cross-section of a tree-trunk sometimes to be found in butchers' shops, may be a survival of the primitive English table. In the ages when other furniture, such as chests and even pulpits, were hewn from the solid wood, a table made by the same method may have been similar to this butcher's block. Even had such pieces survived, their identity as tables might not be suspected. That the large coffers, such as the example in Westminster Abbey, which is upwards of thirteen feet in length, may also have acted as tables, when not in use

OAK TABLES AND FORMS, WITH ELM TOPS.

Late fifteenth century. liablake bchools, Coventry.

OAK TABLES AND FORMS, WITH ELM TOPS.

Late fifteenth century. liablake bchools, Coventry.

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