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    Posted 11 years ago

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    This combination was purchased new in 1966. The chairs are Burke 116, star pattern base. The table is 60" and fits 6 of the 7 chairs we have around it with ease, and will fit 7 in a pinch. The condition is excellent used. There are no visible scars, and it has been in the same place since 1966 and moved only to clean. We were surprised when we saw it used on the Star Trek series of course! The table is not marked in any way we can find and I haven't had a chance to tilt it to see if there is a marking underneath. The screws are not visible that attach the top. The top is finely sloped (routered?) inward toward the tulip.
    We have the original fabric and finest naugahyde cushion covers. I believe these were both custom made to fit the color scheme of the day. The fabric is a dark orange weave, and both are pictured.
    Someone tell me more about the table and how I might be able to determine the maker Please!

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    1. vetraio50 vetraio50, 11 years ago
      So you know the chairs are Burke but the table might be Saarinen?
      A minefield!

      Did you see this blog about the Star Trek connection?
    2. Birdland, 11 years ago
      I really don't know if the table is a Knoll. I suspect that it is a Burke as well, being that we got them together. It is 60" wide, and very near 29" high. I can't turn the table over to find any distinguishing marks until about the 18th of April. I just put the combination on Ebay to sell.
    3. Birdland, 11 years ago
      I read something in my research yesterday that talked about the top of the table in relation to stains. This table has had everything spilled on it, coffee, wine, etc, but it simply will not stain. Can anyone comment on what that indicates? I saw something about this, but do not know which of the dozens of sites I visited described this. I am waiting to get pictures of the bottom of the table as early as today, and have canceled the ebay auction until I can determine what the table is for certain. I will post pictures of everything.
    4. EvolveTwo21, 10 years ago
      A year late but I just saw this. If you do not have an answer by now and want one, I might be of some help. Do you have a picture of the underside of the table base and how it attaches to the table top? I can tell you if it is a Saarinen/Knoll versus a Burke or other. The Saarinen tulip table has a very specific way of attaching and there are no screws in the base itself. I have studied both current version as well as the older, original aka vintage versions. Also, there are several Burke designs some square and some round but they connect directly to the top with visible screws through holes in the base.
    5. jarriors, 10 years ago
      Hello EvolveTwo21, can I contact you about my table too? I'm having the same dilemma and would love your advice
    6. EvolveTwo21, 10 years ago
      jarriors - I recommend posting pictures and especially the under side of your table where it connects to the table top. Not sure if you can tag me or maybe comment here on this thread. Then I can look at it and possible have a better idea. As I mentioned above, "how it connects" is really the key to knowing the designer/mfg.
    7. eekahil eekahil, 9 years ago
      Hey folks!
      Time to revive this thread with pictures and id help request of my own Tulip table.
      I got this from an estate sale in Wisconsin. I'd say it was late 50's judging from everything else that'd been in this particular home.
      This one's base is attached with visible screws.

      The pedestal is pretty heavy so I think it is iron, not aluminum.
      The glass top shown in photos is just my own which I put on as added protection .
      Someone told me it was Burke but members of a Burke FB group said it was not.
      Can anyone identify my table?
      Thank you!

      Tulip Table album:

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