Identifying Antique Furniture Foot Style

Could you judge a person’s age from simply looking at their feet? Of course, the answer is no, but for Antique Furniture, you really can. A lot of antique furniture’s age and value is determined largely by their feet. If you understand how this works, pricing and valuing your antique furniture will be done much skillfully and easier. In this article, methods of Identifying Antique Furniture Foot style will be analyzed. Also, see these beautiful antique bedside tables, cabinets and nightstands.

How to Identify Antique Furniture Foot Style.

The following foot styles were developed in America and parts of Europe;

  • Arrow Foot
  • Ball Foot
  • Ball and Claw Foot
  • Block Foot
  • Bracket Foot
  • Bun Foot
  • Cylindrical Foot
  • Dolphin foot
  • French Foot

Arrow Foot.

The arrow foot is an inherent feature in the Sheraton furniture style and this dates back to the mid-1800s. Also, it is quite typical of Philadelphia furniture makers

Ball Foot

The ball foot is a very basic style of furniture. This is also one of the first styles of the foot for furniture. Originally developed in the 15th century for the William and Mary style of furniture, it spread its roots into the 1800s.

Ball and Claw Foot

This furniture foot style is quite common in the Chippendale style furniture. Its main muse was a bird gripping a ball. This is often used for stools and basic tables. This design is evergreen as it has been in use ever since it was introduced in the 1700s

Block Foot

You can easily spot this kind of furniture from its square-ish or cube-like feet. This design was vastly popular in the eighteenth century and it was also a classic feature of the Chippendale style of furniture.

Bracket Foot.

True to its name, the bracket foot resembles a bracket. This furniture foot style is used in the famous Sheraton style furniture. It is also known as the console foot and it could take multiple variations.

Bun Foot

This furniture foot style was created in the 1600s and it gained wide acceptance even up to the 1800s. Its characteristics included a truncated spherical shape; flat top and wide bottom. It is a personal favorite of many antique furniture lovers.

Cylindrical Foot

This style of furniture was used mostly by the Georgian style furniture in the 18th and 19th centuries. They look so delicate with the slight swelling out and then plain point in the bottom. However, this style of foot has proven to be very durable and sturdy.

Dolphin Foot

A lot of furniture designers in the mid-1700s loved to get their inspirations from wild animals and hence, this furniture foot style was born. This style is characterized by the carving of the tip strikingly similar to the head of a fish. The arms and the feet of the furniture often has similarities also

French Foot

This, from its name, originated from France, but it was also used in the American Federal Style. It originated in the 1800s and was also used in the famous Sheraton Style.


From simply taking a gander at the foot of antique furniture, I hope this article has refined our identification skills of antique furniture.