When I first started selling vintage items, I quickly found out that there’s a name for just about every piece out there-even for furniture. I quickly started to learn the names of these pieces when I started to do some basic repairs to the furniture that I bought.
Here’s a few of the terms that I have learned over the years:
Bracket foot–a bracket foot is used on a chest, a chest on chest or even a cabinet. This is a foot that has a straight corner edge and curved inner edges. Sometimes I hear these curved inner edges “scalloped edges”.
Caning—caning is a wood piece that consists of rattan (or even sugar cane) that is made into wicker. There are a wide variety of ways this is used including seats of chairs, patio furniture, etc.
Partner’s desk—a partner’s desk literally looks like two desks that were put together to make one. It’s a desk large enough to seat two people that are facing each other. Each side has their own drawers or cupboards.
What are some of the terms that you have either run across or heard?