(Circa 1870) Joseph Fitter Mahogany Extendable Crank Table

(Circa 1870) Joseph Fitter Mahogany Extendable Crank Table



Meet Jaffa, an original, Joseph Fitter Victorian mahogany extending wind-out dining table. It dates from the 1870s and extends by use of a worm gear & crank handle mechanism - which bears the Fitter brass trade plate. This table has rounded table edges, four elegant turned reeded legs and original brass and ceramic castors. Seats four comfortably at its regular width, once extended, with the two spare extension leaves, the table seats six. 


Please be advised, this table is very old and is in used condition, it has been sourced from a country estate, and been passed down for generations. It was painted by the previous owners and the table top wood was stained ebony. The castors have now been polished and the mechanism oiled ready for its new home. The table top does show signs of wear. This table due to its age needs to be handled with care. The table should be used primarily as a four-seater table and extended only for occasions. Please take care when winding the circa 1870 crank system, it is not a toy.


History, a winding mechanism for extending tables was patented in 1861 by Samuel Hawkins. His business was taken over by Joseph Fitter in 1864 who ran a machinist shop in Birmingham, England. He produced winding mechanisms for expanding tables. Please see listing images for brass trademark.


This table comes with:

  • 2x entension leaves
  • 1x crank handle


Measurments: (height) 73cm (width) 113cm (length) 129cm (extended length) 193cm


Table underside to floor (height) 58cm, please bear this in mind for dining chairs. This table comes pre-assembled, (extension leaves seperatly packaged). Please visit the FAQ page for more information.