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Porringer Top Table

The porringer top table derives its name from the porringer, from middle English, a bowl for porridge, from which children eat, usually with a handle on the side.  The table would be used for tea, or card playing  during the mid-eighteenth century.  The shape of the table top, with its four corners rounded and extended, would presumably hold teacups, or, according to some, candles, respectively.

This example is built from cherry, with a single-board top.

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