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Examples of 17th Century Tableboards

(Also spelt tablebord or tableborde)

Tableboard - Was the flat top of a table and appears in many if not most 17th Century Inventories around Dorchester. It is often appraised separately from the frame (or tressylle or tressle ) on which it stood, being fixed with removable wooden pegs. Because the boards were generally made of oak many were subsequently used in other furniture and few survive in their original state. The closest examples that I can find are given below.

   
late 16th Century

   
A Mid 19th Century Oak Trestle Table. Constructed from earlier timbers
The planked top with end cleats raised on trestle supports united by a central stretcher. This table is unusually wide and of an exceptional colour with it's original patina


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