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From 1680-1840 the popular styles of Great Britain influenced Early-American furniture. Waves of migrants crossed the Atlantic in search of a new life on American soil. As a result, craftsmen relied on the styles and construction methods of their native land.
King James ruled in England during the “Jacobean” period. The Jacobean period featured furniture with dovetailed construction (see image), solid oak wood and heavy brass hardware. This style became known as the “Pilgrim Century” period.
Similarly, the “William and Mary” period of Great Britain found its way to the new frontier. Thus being known as the “Early Colonial” period. This period of furniture featured bun feet and turned legs.