19Th Century Cornish Slate Table.
A fascinating 19th Cornish slate carved slab dating 1862. Carved into the slate reads: On the top edge “Religion & Temperance” and in the middle section “The Alliance Temperance Hall 1862” and on the bottom section: “Make Happy Homes” signed Mabbort Engr.
The Temperance Movement originated from Constantine in Cornwall and started in about 1830-40 they advocated and practised abstinence towards alcohol.
We believe the slate top originates from Constantine in Cornwall and was probably recessed into a wall of the meeting hall or home and later on in its life reinvented into a table. The slate sits on a cast iron base and has recently been burnished and polished.