Lyon, Irving Whitall, 1840-1896. / The colonial furniture of New England
Chapter VI. Tables., pp. -232 ff.
192 TABLES the regulation table for several centuries after the Norman conquest. We are told by Galfridus Gram- maticus, in his English-Latin Dictionary, the "Promptorium Parvulorum," written about 1440, that a " table " at that time was a "mete boord that ys borne a-wey whb.n' mete ys do6n." That even the "table dormant" of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries was sometimes a board standing upon trestles is shown by the following item recorded in 1509 in the inventory of Martin Collins, Treasurer of York, published by the Surtees Society, namely, "De xviii d. pro iii. dormondes bordes cum lripol'." Following the trend of the inventories we find that tables with trestles were not uncommon down to the middle of the sixteenth century, when "joined" and "framed" tables began to appear. After this time tables with trestles declined in frequency, but that they continued to be used by English people well into the eighteenth centur y is proved by 4he "table- boards" that we have cited from the New England records. A table-board, we are now prepared to explain, was no more nor less than the top of a table which, when brought out and placed upon trestles or im- provised supports, made the family board, to be used for the occasion and put away when the meal was over. We have not seen trestles mentioned in our inventories in connection with table-boards, but that
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