Tripod tables are categorized by their three legs that support the shaft of the table. These tables became popular in England at the turn of the 18th century during the reign of Queen Anne. Examples from this period are typically made from walnut or oak and a characteristic design feature is the cabriole leg ending in a claw and ball foot. It is common for tripod tables to have a tilt top so that it can be folded down and easily stored against the wall. In the Chippendale period they became more decorative with the best examples having a carved piecrust edge and beautifully carved stems and legs often terminating in lion paw feet.