What Is an Antique Card Table?

What Is an Antique Card Table?

An antique card table is a circular or rectangular table from the 18th or 19th century that was designed for playing cards. The top of the table is typically covered in fabric, which is often felt-like. Many of the tabletops folded up to save space when not in use.

The production of tables specifically for playing cards or other games began in 18th-century England. During this period, card tables were often sold in pairs. Not only was there room for more players, but the symmetry helped balance the design of the room. Some antique card tables had built-in depressions in which players could store their gambling chips and boxes for storing cards.