Q My parents bought a home in Florida and purchased the contents including an interesting table. They used it as a lamp table. The top flips to one side, doubling its surface, and can be raised for storage. Open, it measures 17 inches high by 34 inches square. A label reads ''Williams-Kimp Furniture Co., Grand Rapids, Mich.'' Could you tell me the purpose, age and value of my table?
A Game tables were popular during the 18th and 19th centuries, first in England and then in the United States. Cabinetmakers designed clever tables suitable for writing letters and pastimes like playing cards, chess or backgammon. The tables looked like regular table when not in use. Some had a hinged top that folded, swiveled or slid open to reveal a playing surface. Others had a game board inlaid on top. The Williams-Kimp Furniture Co. started in Grand Rapids in 1923. It was purchased by Baker Furniture in 1951. The company made reproductions of American Federal furniture including dining sets, secretaries, desks, chairs and pieces like your game table. Your table is worth about $175 to $225.