Rare 17th century Swedish vernacular farmhouse dining table with twin plank top, spice grinding cavity and well patinated original surface.
Fair condition: The table has been historically raised by adding large rail road nails, most likely in the 19th century. Wear consistent with age and use. Minor losses. Historically shortened on the left side most likely done because of the wear from the grinding stone in the cavity.
Literature: Sigurd Erixon, ”Möbler Och Heminredning I Svenska Bygder”, Del. 11; Pub. Nordiska Museets Forlag, Stockholm,1926. Plate Page 8, Fig.451, illustrates a similar example from Varmland, in the collection of the Nordiska Museet, (Nord. Mus. Coll. No. 88,413) and Plate Page 11, Fig 461, shows another example with a corner cavity also retaining the ancient grinding stone.