circa: 2000 width: 84 height: 31 length: 60 This antique style drop leaf dining table was recently hand-made in England from solid oak by a third-generation cabinetmaker. Using Old World methods, this table exhibits the highest quality construction that can be found in furniture making today. The selection of solid oak displays a striking grain and rich, lustrous complexion, complemented by a lovely border of yew banding and a hand-distressed, spokeshaven (or hand-planed) surface. Spokeshaving is an old furniture-making technique that English craftsmen have been using for many centuries, extending far back before sanding became popular alongside this ancient, time-honored technique. The sturdy legs shown are a classic barley twist but can be ordered in a variety of types, including round turned, square-tapered, French and twist, while the skirt on either table end is shaped quite beautifully.The great advantage of the English drop leaf dining table--also known as a loper table or Irish wake table--is that the leaves drop down to the sides for easy movement, storage, and versatile utility. Whether used in dining, as a sideboard or a hall table, this table offers three useful positions: both leaves up, one leaf up, and both leaves down. This strong drop leaf table will last for centuries, continuing to grow more beautiful all the while, so taking one of these English tables home with you would be a real investment!