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Burrell's Patent Marine Table

Burrell's Patent Marine Table

A mahogany Burrell's Patent Marine Table with gallery that rises on a ratchet. To the centre of the table top is a large brass plaque engraved Burrell’s Marine Table Patent No. 9458. Henry Burrell filed his original patent in 1888 and extended it in 1890 to the USA. In it he states ‘My invention relates to tables intended to be used as dining-tables and for similar purposes at sea, in railway-trains, or wherever tables are subject to motion, and more particularly to apparatus for preventing the undue motion of plates, dishes, and other articles thereon. The table has a fiddle gallery frame that is easily raised and dropped by a lever to either end of the table. It has 3 wide places to either side with a single compartment running the length of the table to the middle. The fiddle can be removed and is rounded to one side and flat the other to give a smooth table surface when not in use. When raised, a large brass clip hook to each corner holds the fiddle in place and can be used to adjust the height. These lock under the top on a twist bolt when not needed. The top has a moulded edge and a heavy frame to its underside that follows the design of the fiddle. The turned legs are removable on a large wooden thread and can be stored under the top of the table. Burrell’s address was 46 Windmill Street, Gravesend, Kent. He seems to have had a number of different interests. In 1880, with H. Vaply, he took out a patent concerning railway sleepers, in 1882 he is listed as a rope, line & twine manufacturer, he also advertised that he bought Life Policies and Annuities for investment. This is a robust table which although designed for life on the sea has the flexibility to be used as standard dining table. Circa 1890.


Height: 30 ins (76.20 cm)
Width: 71.75 ins (182.25 cm)
Depth: 36.5 ins (92.71 cm)
Ref. 81642 SOLD
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