Games tables are designed to provide an inbuilt board to play such games as Chess, Draughts (sometimes known as Checkers) or Backgammon. The boards are inlaid with different woods to identify the coloured square or counter you are playing with. The Chess or Checker board has the same number of squares. Some games tables have an inbuilt drawer to accommodate the chess or checker pieces.
During the Regency period, ladies work tables were popular. Silk bags were suspended from the very elaborate work table to deposit their fancy needlework and ingenious designs would conceal a chess or checker board, small storage compartments and discreet drawers would pull out and reveal a backgammon board.
Card tables are traditionally used for playing card games, board games and other table top games. Many folding card tables are used for specialist games such as bridge. Card tables usually unfold to reveal a surface lined with felt or leather to prevent cards from slipping.
Card tables were often a decorative piece with delicate legs and serpentine front with a folding top. They were sometimes made in pairs so they could be placed against a wall perhaps either side of a pillar or in an alcove. A vase or ornament would be displayed on the top. When pulled out for use the top would fold out to provide a square table.