What is a butler’s table?
BUTLER’S TABLE: A type of table with a removable tray that rests on top of a folding stand. Believed to have originated in England in the mid-1700’s. In modern versions, sometimes the tray is fixed to the base.
The name suggests the history. Imagine a butler delivering a tray topped with a tea service, the stand hooked on his arm, just in time for your afternoon cuppa.
The common Chippendale style has a rectangular center with hinged sides that form an oval when the hinges are extended.
Antiquing tip: check carefully to be sure the entire piece is an antique. Sometimes an antique 18th or 19th century tray is attached to a newly made stand.