extending dining table

Historical Context and Evolution of Extending Dining Tables

The 19th century was a transformative period for furniture design and manufacturing, largely driven by the Industrial Revolution. This era saw significant advancements in manufacturing techniques and materials, resulting in more complex and varied furniture designs. Extending dining tables became particularly popular due to their practicality and flexibility, catering to the changing needs of social dining.

Leading furniture makers such as Gillow & Co., Howard and Sons, Maple & Co., and Waring & Gillow contributed to this innovation. These manufacturers were renowned for their high-quality craftsmanship and innovative designs, with extending dining tables being a prominent product. The tables not only reflected the technological advancements of the period but also the aesthetic preferences of Victorian society.

Gillow & Co.

Founded in the early 18th century, Gillow & Co. became a distinguished name in the furniture industry by the 19th century. Known for their exceptional craftsmanship, Gillow & Co. produced innovative extending dining tables that were both functional and elegant. Their designs often featured intricate inlays and superior materials, making their pieces highly sought after.

Howard and Sons

Established in the early 19th century, Howard and Sons gained a reputation for their comfortable seating and finely crafted furniture. Their extending dining tables often featured sophisticated extension mechanisms, allowing for easy adjustment to accommodate more guests. The combination of comfort and quality craftsmanship made Howard and Sons a preferred choice among discerning buyers.

Maple & Co.

Maple & Co., a prominent London-based furniture maker and retailer, was known for producing high-quality Victorian and Edwardian furniture. Their extending dining tables were notable for their beautiful finishes and robust construction. Maple & Co. catered to a wide clientele, offering furniture that balanced elegance with practicality.

The Telescopic Extending Dining Table by M.Willson

The telescopic extending dining table by M.Willson exemplifies the craftsmanship and innovation characteristic of the second half of the 19th century. Created by M.Willson at 68 Great Queen Street, this piece is a testament to the quality and aesthetic appeal typical of the period’s furniture.

Materials and Craftsmanship

The table features a stunning flame mahogany tabletop, renowned for its rich, warm appearance and intricate grain patterns. This luxurious wood is complemented by the oak telescopic mechanism, which provides both durability and a smooth, effortless operation. The combination of these high-quality materials ensures the table’s longevity and aesthetic appeal.

Design and Functionality

The table’s design includes a telescopic mechanism that allows it to extend seamlessly to a length of 2.60 meters. This innovative feature reflects the technological advancements in furniture making during the 19th century, offering flexibility and convenience. The minimal legs design ensures ample legroom for guests, enhancing both practicality and comfort.


This telescopic extending dining table by M.Willson is a remarkable piece that embodies the advancements in furniture design during the Victorian era. Its blend of functionality, beauty, and historical significance makes it a valuable addition to any collection. This table is not just a functional piece of furniture; it is a testament to the ingenuity and craftsmanship of 19th-century British furniture makers.

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extending dining table

19th Century Mahogany Extending Dining Table

Stock Number: 81057

2nd half of the 19th Century telescopic extending dining table with four leaves and two D ends of fine flame mahogany for adjustment. The oak telescopic mechanism glides open effortlessly providing a broad span with minimal legs. The table closes down to a neat sizes for smaller occasions. The bearers are stamped twice M.WILLSON 68 GREAT QUEEN STREET
  • Height: 73 cm (28.7 inches)
  • Width: 122 cm (48 inches)
  • Length extended: 260 cm (102 inches)


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Approximate Dimensions

  • Height: 73 cm (28.7 inches)
  • Width: 122 cm (48 inches)
  • Length extended: 260 cm (102 inches)


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