We’re all about old things, right?
And when it comes to antique dining tables, it’s a subject that’s never really been a subject of conversation.
It’s one that’s been the subject of a fair bit of controversy since the late 1800s, when a handful of Victorian chefs turned the tables on the aristocracy.
A century on, we can still hear their comments as much as anyone, but now, as the UK’s first ever British-made antique dining table is in the hands of a local farmer, the conversation is getting a little louder.
The dining table, known simply as the Olde English table, has been a British icon since it was introduced by an early Victorian cook in the late 1880s.
“This was an interesting thing to see.
It was something that people would buy from a private collector,” said James Gannon, who owns a farm in Wrexham, North Wales.”
It was something of a novelty, but it was something people had a bit of fun with.”
The farm-raised table, which is made from reclaimed timber from the Victorian era, is about two metres long, and has a wooden stand and wooden base.
The table is built with reclaimed Victorian timbers, as well as a wooden base and stand.
James Gannon sells the table at his farm.
Mr Gannon said he has been approached by several farmers who have had their antique dining-table collection destroyed by the war.
“A couple of times it has happened.
There’s a few farmers out there who have the table and want to sell it,” he said.”
The old English table is an interesting item.
We’re not talking about it for sentimental reasons.
We’re talking about a practical one.”
In the 1950s and 1960s, some Victorian-era British farmers tried to sell their tables for profit.
And some farmers who took part in the process ended up buying their tables and restoring them to their former glory.
But the process wasn’t always so easy.
As the tables became more popular, so too did the cost of repairing them.
Now, the tables are being restored in a British farm.
Owner James Gannett said the tables have been restored by a local man, and that he and his wife have had no problems with the work.
“I’m really happy with it,” Mr Gannon told BBC Radio Wales.
His farm-grown table is one of many Victorian-style tables that are being put on display at the farm.
He said it was a lot of work, and was expensive, but the farm-owner hoped to sell the table soon.
“You know the idea is that we’re going to keep it as an item of history, because we’re doing it to raise awareness for farming and heritage in the region, and because it’s really a very nice piece of history,” he told BBC Wales.
A number of local businesses are also restoring antique tables to make money, although it’s unclear how much money they will make.
Farmers in Wroclaw have been restoring antique dining sets since at least 1867, according to a local newspaper.
Some are selling them for up to 100,000 pounds, while others charge an extra 50,000.
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