What is a ball and claw foot on antique furniture?

A ball and claw foot on antique furniture is a term used to describe decorative feet, carved in the design of a claw holding onto a ball. The claw design is from a bird or eagle claw and this can be seen on many antique chairs and antique tables. This design was mainly used in the Edwardian period on wards but was copied from earlier period furniture when animal features were often used in decorating furniture.

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