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I managed to get to Barnstaple this week, after all sorts of trouble with trains last week. The weather was absolutely glorious: the calm before the storm as Storm Ciara hit the UK on Saturday night.


Barnstaple Long Bridge
by Phil Gayton, on Flickr
 

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Back in the 1960s my grandfather rescued an oval tilt-top table from being dumped when a local building was being demolished. It is almost identical to the one in this picture and is roughly 4 feet across the longer side.



The top is veneered with walnut-burl and decorated with fine marquetry. The base is made from solid carved mahogany. It was in almost perfect condition, just a small patch of blistering on the veneer and some old woodworm damage to the base.

My dad has had the table in his garage for decades, along with a small round oak table which belonged to his grandmother, both in pieces.

I telephoned him yesterday to see how he is (I said to him I was making sure he had done his panic buying) and he told me he was "sitting in an antique shop". I knew he was thinking of getting the tables professionally restored, assembled and assessed; they have now been returned.

Grandad's table is, as we thought, from around 1880. The real surprise was great-gran's side table: it's from the early 1700s! Grandad's table is worth around £1,500 ($1,800). I've no idea of the value of the other piece.
 
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