These Monterey tables were built by the Mason Manufacturing Company of Los Angeles, California in the 1930's and early 1940's. Below is a picture of one of the tables as it arrived at Hander Woodworking. The tables are made of alder and the original finishes were crackled and then antiqued with asphaltum which varied in appearance from raw umber to burnt umber tones depending upon the piece. The more crackle present on the surface the more asphaltum glaze would be captured in the cracks, providing an older and dirtier appearance. Being hand painted, and with the randomness of the crackle, each table was unique and could have significant variation in appearance and color.