We are very proud to offer a very rare, scarce, & fabulous 200 hundred year old American Eastern White Pine Harvest Table. This precious antique table measures 80 inches long, x 33 inches high, x 37 inches wide. The individual top planks measure a wide 9.5 inches, 9.0 inches, 9.5 inches, & 9.0 inches. These widths are extra-wide. This amazing table has Katrin baluster turned legs. The back of table is flat, as it originally was meant to go against a wall. This table is an ORIGINAL table, 200 years old, used as a kitchen work harvest table. It bears all the dents & pot burn marks characteristic of a table this old & well used. It shows peg construction. The drawer was restored with old worm-eaten wood. One leg was professionally restored a long time ago, but I don’t remember which leg. The table is strong & sturdy & heavy. This table was purchased in West Virginia about 15 years ago by a local antique dealer, from whom I got it 15 years ago. Most antique dealers are lucky to see three or four such tables ever! I have not seen another one in over 17 years in Oklahoma. I saw a couple when I lived near San Francisco, Ca. They were priced about $12,000.xx Our price is a bargain! (A big bargain!HA!) The background history of the tree from whence this table came is just fascinating! The American Eastern White pine is native to eastern North America (United States). It grows to heights well over 100 feet. It is easily recognized because there are no “needles” on lower 2/3 ‘s of trees, plus top is asymmetric. They were discovered by British sea-men about 1600, on voyages during which the British were seeking pine trees for “pitch” & tall pines for ship masts. These particular pine trees have the least resin of all pines, but their tall, straight, nearly branchless trunks were ideally suited for “masts” for navel ships. The British in 1605 were needing new sources for pitch & masts since their previous sources Sweden & Russia were blockaded by Denmark in an Embargo. At the dawn of the American colonial era the slow growing White Pine grew in dense forests of much taller & much older trees. The White Pine trees eventually became one of the mainstays of the economy of New England. Large White Pines for naval ship masts sold for as much as 100 pounds, a lot of money over 350 years ago. The smaller trees were used
for log cabins, coffins, as well as furniture, especially farm kitchen tables ,ie. Harvest tables. It was a wonderful choice for tables because of its even grain, extra -wide width, & much longer plank widths. It is also very resistant to rot of any kind. Eastern White Pine had more impact on the economy of the young United States than any other commodity. It was the major commodity in a get-rich trade triangle. From colonial America came White Pine products & Rum exported to England for naval ships. The ships got slaves from Africa then went to West Indies to trade for sugar & molasses. Then these ships went back to England for the Rum & Pine from American colonies. The demand for big White Pine became even greater after the 18th Century mercantilism created a demand for even more ships to transport merchandise to market all around the known world. The availability of big pine in North America caused the British King to decree that the big trees “belonged” to the throne, with a “mark of the Broad Arrow” on trees 24 inches in diameter. These trees were called “Kings Pine”. Needless to say this did not sit well with American colonists, along with edicts like the Stamp & Townsend Acts. The colonists rebelled by removing the Kings mark & cutting down these biggest trees themselves. They replaced the “Kings mark” on smaller trees. Eventually they rebelled for Independence. So, this Eastern White Pine was one of the reasons for the founding & development of America as well as a reason for American Independence. Who would ever think a Pine Harvest table could bear such a fierce & interesting history! This just adds to the value of a table like this. If only this table could “talk”! We take Paypal only. Buyer to arrange for professional shipping, probably Craters & Freighters.