Introduced in the early 17th C when private dining away from the main hall became commonplace. Before 1800 all such dinning tables were stored against the walls-sometimes actually outside the room- when not in use hence the flaps for economical storage. Popular for provincial and rural homes well into the 18th C This table is a reproduction of a traditional gate leg table with the eight gun barrel turned legs. The top is 2 1/4" in dia and when closed the table measures 2 1/4" wide x 2” deep x 1 1/4" high. It is finished with a high quality walnut stain.