The first tables of this type were produced by Robert Jupe, upholsterer in 47 Welbeck Street, off Cavendish Square, in the 1830's, in association with the cabinet-maker John Johnstone.
Jupe patented the design of this 'improved expanding table' on September 11th, 1835. In his specifications, he explains:'The object of my Invention or improvement is so to construct an expanding table, that the sections which compose the surface of the original or unexpanded table may be caused to diverge from a common center, so that the table may be enlarged or expanded by inserting leaves or pieces in the openings.' The Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840, Leeds, 1986, and C. Gilbert, Pictorial Dictionary of Marked London Furniture, 1700-1840, Leeds, 1996, pp. 283-286).