They were popular on furniture during the Federal period (1780-1820) and again in the Colonial Revival era (1880-1940).
The furniture design is most often credited to Scottish-born American cabinetmaker Duncan Phyfe (1768-1854).
Today, furniture makers create reproductions of the famous Duncan Phyfe design with classic curved legs and metal toe caps.
Toe Cap Styles
The toe caps or claws resemble brass animal claws, with the lion’s paw the most notable. Other toe caps have smooth or grooved surfaces that add protection for the toe while adding a distinctive, elegant accent.
Where to Order and How to Measure
Measuring for proper fit requires taking several interior and exterior measurements as shown in the diagram in this article. Caps should fit snuggly, but caps should be ordered slightly larger than your measurements.
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Measuring Furniture Toe Caps
Interior Top Width
Interior Bottom Width