Dating antique furniture feet
Claw and ball feet become even larger and more decorative.Pennsylvania cabinetmakers used Marlborough feet, while other regions favored ogee bracket feet.The most popular wood used in this period was mahogany, with walnut, maple and cherry also present.Legs become straight and regional differences still existed in design elements, such as feet.Legs of this period tend to be straight or tapered to the foot.
Inlaid bands and lines were also popular and often used in combination with other inlay.It was one way for the young Colonists to show their own unique style, with each regional area initiating special design elements. Chair rails were more often mortised through the back legs when made in Philadelphia.New England furniture makers preferred pad feet, while the makers in Philadelphia used triffid feet.Two new furniture forms were created in this period. Expect to find a little more comfort in chairs and sofas, but not very thick cushions or seats.When a piece of furniture is made in England, or styled after an English example, it may be known as Hepplewhite. Robert Adam is credited with creating the style known as Hepplewhite during the 1760s and leading the form.