Castor Eyes over This!

History doesn’t relate who invented the wheel, but some of the earliest examples of wheels employed on furniture were in the mid 1600s under heavy trundle beds.

Castors (wheel assemblies whose wheel axes are offset from the vertical axes about which they pivot) first appeared in the late seventeenth-century and were in widespread use by the early eighteenth-century, beneath chairs, settees, tables etc. – anywhere manoeuvrability was desirable.

Geo_I walnut_sofa_c1725_02hLeather-wheeled castor on a George I walnut sofa, circa 1725.

Reinventing the wheel

In their latest comedy instalment, Horton Brasses make a somewhat different attribution:-

Jack Plane

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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5 Responses to Castor Eyes over This!

  1. Burbidge says:

    They must have been retro-fitted then…


  2. Joe M says:

    maybe they bought them from Horton Brass


  3. visitinghousesandgardens says:

    Today I was dragged to the Museum of London by a 5 yr old and as I wandered around looking at the interwoven exhibition of what they made then (pre-1900) vs what we make now, nothing in the now exhibition was nicer. It made me think of your castor and the pieces you make…


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