This oval-leaf or drop-leaf table could accommodate large numbers of people by swinging out elaborately turned fly legs to hold up two hinged drop leaves. To save space, the owner could lower the leaves when not in use. Making a table like this required the tools and skills of at least two craftspeople: a turner to "turn" the legs on a lathe and a joiner to make the remainder of the pieces and "join" them all together. This furniture form remained popular in the provincial areas of New England until after the American Revolution. Today such tables are referred to as gatelegs.
Date: 1680 - 1720