This romantic 'Old English' or 'Elizabethan' dining table dates from the 1870s and its richly fretted and jewelled pattern evolved from the James Watt 'Great Library Table' which was invented in 1823 by the architect Richard Bridgens (d.1849). It was illustrated with other later tables in his Furniture with Candelabra and Interior Decoration, 1838, pl.35, before its sale from Aston Hall, Birmingham, in 1849 (E.T. Joy, Pictorial Dictionary of British 19th Century Furniture Design, Woodbridge, 1977, pp.508-509; and V.Glenn, George Bullock, Richard Bridgens and James Watt's Regency Furnishing Schemes, Furniture History, 1979, pp.54-67.
Related trestle table patterns were also published in P.Thompson Blackie's Cabinet Maker's Assitant, 1853-1860 (Joy, op.cit. pp.XXVII and 511).