This interesting little game table recently went unsold at a recent auction:
The description is/was:
Description: mid-18th century, fruitwood and mahogany with pine and mixed woods secondary, the slender form features a shaped top supported by a gate leg when open, above a single short lipped drawer, over an applied projecting scalloped skirt, raised on tall cabriole legs with spade feet. The gaming surface is covered with later felt with the exception of four square and four oval recesses.
The gaming surface:
I liked the table but had neither the budget nor the room for it. Pre-auction estimate was $800 to $1200. But, they passed.
Unique convergence of the apron and the leg.
To accommodate the folding top, this is a gate leg table:
Some details to notice in the picture above. Look at the small mortise and tenon on the table top. This promotes alignment and takes some stress off of the hinges when open and laying flat.
Here is another view of the mortises on the swinging leg:
And the corresponding tenons on the apron:
Here is a view of the gate leg hinge:
An interior is quite revealing:
And the other corner:
And yet, they passed.