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What Is the Purpose of a Castor Wheel on Furniture?

Casters are used to make housekeeping and rearranging simpler by attaching them to home furniture. Apart from this, do you know that castor wheels are helpful in determining the age of furniture? Experts may determine the timeframe during which a product was produced by simply examining the type and features of the castors. Potters’ marks may be used to ensure that antique dealers and collectors can properly price the items.

Even non-experts can benefit from this approach. This article will show you how to do it. Follow the easy steps outlined below:

Step 1: Begin your search for a Leathern Roller or Bowl.

Leathern rollers or bowls were used to create the first castor wheels. During the reign of Queen Anne in the 1700s, castors with ornate designs were attached to furniture production.

Step 2: Examine the Castor to ensure that it is constructed of wood.

Furniture makers began to construct furniture with wooden wheels during the great Georgian era (1720 to 1760). The wheels are connected to an iron frame that is placed at the foot of the piece.

Step 3: Check to see whether the castors are constructed of cast iron.

After the Georgian period, furniture with castors was created by manufacturers for almost a decade. Although wooden castors are still manufactured, most of the antique furniture available in antique shops nowadays has cast iron wheels instead of wood.

Step 4: Examine the castor to see whether it is made of solid Brass.

The furniture may still indicate that it is from the Georgian period, but if it has solid brass castor wheels, it was made between 1780 and 1790. Because it was in this period (starting in 1750 and continuing until 1830) that the majority of furniture invention was first introduced to the general public, the Georgian Era is also known as “the Golden Age of Furniture.”

Step 5: Determine whether the Castor is composed of rubber or polyurethane.

Modern castor wheels have been used to make this reproduction. As a result, the wheels of antique furniture you’re looking at may already have been replaced.


Remember that castors are readily replaceable. This implies that you should not solely rely on the castors to determine the furniture’s age; it’s possible that they’re simply replaced to give the impression that the furnishings are as old as they appear. If you’re not sure about your antique dealer, get a second or third opinion from someone you trust. Do not forget that the antique business is swarming with thieves and scammers who are simply waiting for you to become a victim.

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