Often less well proportioned, much simpler in design with splats with little or no carving.
set the standards for virtually all wood chair manufacturers until the present day.
More reproductions have been made of mid-18th C chairs than any other period.
Silhouettes tend to be straight and simple, and legs are often attached to the main body of the furniture at an angle.
The hairpin leg was a wartime invention, created using readily available materials such as iron, but the style stuck, and you’ll often find them on pieces in contemporary and industrial-inspired homes.
These include flutes, indents which run vertically down the leg, bulbs and spooling.
Turned legs are often long, thin and elaborate, making them well-suited to period homes and other spaces that call for a traditional or formal look.Bracket and Bun feet are also a useful indicator of a period, when found on Chests of various designs.All types of handle designs were used to decorate further, pieces of furniture such as drawers, doors etc.Usually in brass attached with bolts and circular nuts (fitted with a special tool) until about 1770; after that they became square.Some early pieces still with bail handles with pierced backplates, but generally after 1740, simple swan-neck designs were common, with two separate circular and variously decorated roses.The look skews more casual, however, so consider mixing square-legged seating with pieces boasting curvier turned or cabriole legs if you’re outfitting a more sophisticated space.