Caster - (Furniture) Glossary of Antique Terms C

Caster - (Furniture) From the 16th Century, small wheels used on the ends of furniture legs, particularly dining tables and heavy chairs, to make them easier to move. Small wheel or roller fitted to a piece of furniture to enable it to be moved without lifting. At first of wood, later of leather in the form of a single roller, then in the mid-eighteenth century a system of leather discs came into use, but gave way, towards the end of the eighteenth century, to brass wheels.


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