Older mass-produced pieces whose origins fall somewhere between 1850 and 1960 are ideal candidates for refinishing. With a few exceptions, they don’t have high value as antiques but are solidly made and can last for many years.
Here are some general guidelines to assessing the age and quality of your piece. But keep in mind that there are lots of exceptions to these rules, so err on the side of caution. Hand dovetails are slightly irregular and the pins are thin and tapered. Wider, uniform machine-cut dovetails were common in factory-made pieces from 1890 until the modern era.
Hand dovetails (pictured below, top piece) are slightly irregular and the pins are thin and tapered. Wider, uniform machine-cut dovetails (pictured below, bottom piece) were common in factory-made pieces from 1890 until the modern era. Solid wood backing indicates a piece is likely pre-1880s; plywood came into vogue around the turn of the 20th century. Early pieces that were handcrafted will sometimes bear an inscription from an individual furniture maker, a clue to its value that should be examined by a professional appraiser. Generally, mass-produced pieces up until the 1950s and 1960s (when particleboard and cheaper, flimsier construction techniques became popular) are great candidates for refinishing. Solid cast-brass or wooden pulls mean the piece is likely old; using a collectibles reference guide, you can identify their style and hence their age range.
Any piece on casters (wheels) is typically pre-1930s. If you have a dresser with a mirror attached on a harp, your piece was made around the turn of the 20th century. If you have a set with a separate mirror that hangs on the wall above the dresser, you can date that to the 1940s or later. These are just a few of the areas our antique dealers offer for your exploration and discovery.
We welcome everyone to come see for themselves our unique collection of antique furniture and vintage and retro collectibles in a genuine antique mall that offers pleasant, knowledgeable customer service in a clean, convenient environment. Pay attention to the stem sizes, on each of our products we have a drawing of the mounting dimensions, whether a stem or top plate. As a rule, diameters of stems are measured across the body of the stem, not the top. Did you scroll all this way to get facts about antique casters ?
The most common antique casters material is metal. Casters are measured by their wheel diameter. Lead time is 8-10 business days, pricing is per caster. Browse our wheel casters for furniture below!
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The most common furniture casters material is wood. Casters make furniture easier to move and prevent scratched floors. The passage of time has wreaked havoc on them. Many of the casters have ceased to function or have become chipped or broken. A faulty caster creates a gouge in wood flooring or leaves a drag mark on tile surfaces.
You can remove casters yourself, with tools you may already have around the house. Tape drawers shut and cupboard doors closed. Large pieces of furniture often consist of two, or more, separate sections. Take the piece apart before working on the casters. Gradually twist the screwdriver until the stem of the caster begins to withdraw from the leg. Continue prying, until you expose a 1/2-inch of the stem.
Spray the lubricant directly on the stem and allow it to sink into the leg. Keep pulling with the pliers until it comes free. Remove accumulated dirt that may conceal the screw heads. Use a wire brush and brush across the ferrule, not up and down. This prevents scratching the wood above the ferrule. For screws that won't budge, apply two drops of penetrating oil around the screw head. Wait for the oil to penetrate, approximately 15 minutes, and remove the screw. Repeat the process for each screw; with all the screws removed, the ferrule should slide off the leg. Wrap masking tape around it, so as not to damage the finish, and grasp it with your pliers. Apply gentle pressure and slowly turn the ferrule to the right and then to the left as you ease it from the leg. The caster is affixed to the square cup and the square cup is fastened to the leg. Remove accumulated grime with a wire brush to expose the screw heads. Screws that turn with difficulty may need two drops of penetrating oil. If it won't budge, place the tip of your screwdriver on a top corner of the square cup and tap the handle with a hammer. Tap each corner of the cup until it comes free.
We charge some sample cost and will return it during the next order.
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We are manufacturer specialized in industrail caster over 12 years. Our casters and wheels are made in house and make ensures caster quality from the start.
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But it depends on your order quantity and your products requirements. Packing material: polybag, carton and inner box (customized) or pallet (customized) 3. Especially for the caster for some luxury location. It can run without the wheel trace and noise. About 54% of these are furniture casters, 29% are material handling equipment parts, and 1% are furniture handles and knobs. A wide variety of furniture wheels antique casters options are available to you, such as free samples, paid samples. Our antique casters are available in a range of different materials and sizes. Customize your favorite furniture pieces with a set of vintage casters. Casters make furniture much easier to work with. When you want to change the layout of a room, or get into a corner to clean, it is much easier when the piece has been fitted with casters. Vintage casters create a unique statement and can be placed on modern and antique furniture.
While our stock levels fluctuate on a regular basis we currently hold stock of brass, cast iron, metal and wood casters. Available finishes include rust, antique brass, black and steel. Our casters are suitable for many types of furniture including chairs, tables, beds and more.
We are always looking for new items to add, so check back frequently for more caster and furniture feet choices. The trunk parts pages include everything you will need to either restore a vintage trunk or to create a new one. The wheel is 15/16"diameter by 2"wide.
This series is an excellent alternative to nylon twin wheels and single wheel caster of the same caliber, when a more decorative look is desired. Vintage caster wheels are offered in brass, nickel, porcelain, wood and rubber. Styles include: cup casters, both round and square, stem type, grip neck and plate type casters. Used on many period and newer furnishings, the vintage caster styles add traditional flair, while the nickel provides a sleek modern appearance. Rubber and wood caster wheels are useful where an economical option is preferred. In the 18th century, carpet and other floor coverings were in much less general use than in the 20th century and as such, floor care did not consist of carpet sweeping so much as the mopping of wooden or stone floors. Brass casters and forks or porcelain wheels served as lifts to keep the furniture off the floors during mopping so if the piece did get wet, it was the brass wheels and not the wood that had to deal with the moisture. The small wheels also were useful in moving heavier pieces small distances around the floor for cleaning purposes. But that was then, and things are different now. Carpeting and area rugs have been in general use for most of this century so the floor thing is no longer a valid reason for wheels. The problem with these stylistic devices is that they often become a problem in their own right. Sooner or later, if a piece has wheels on it, someone is going to try to roll it across the carpet in order to clean around or behind it and then the problem starts. The 1-inch diameter wheels common on most 20th pieces are really not built for speed.
In fact they are hardly built at all and a close examination of the wheels and their support structure will reveal very lightweight materials and less than rugged manufacturing specs. The legs in which these casters are installed are very often painfully slender and frequently made of poplar, which tends to weaken over time as it dries out. In addition to leg wear and tear the case structure of these pieces can take a beating as they are twisted and turned by the uneven rolling process. After only a few trips around the room, cases need to be repaired because drawers no longer fit and doors don’t work due the torqueing of the main body. The long-term results of casters in beds is even more apparent. And each little loosening makes every other joint a little looser. Their absence will not detract from the value of the piece unless it is a very rare collector’s item and will in the long-term aid in the preservation of the piece. The only time you need to be concerned about removing the wheels is on a table where height is very important. This is also standard writing surface height and a variation of even an inch or two is very noticeable. Such a height variation however is not critical to a chest of drawers, vanity, bed or china cabinet. The wheels themselves are generally easily removable either by just pulling them out of their sleeves or by using a screwdriver to pry them out. But that still leaves metal sleeves in the legs to rust on your carpet or scratch your tile or wood floors and removing the sleeves is not quite as easy a removing the wheels, especially if they have rusted in place a little. The simple way to removal is to drive a wide-bladed screwdriver into the sleeve (be careful not to get carried away and split the leg) and turn the screwdriver using a wrench or vice-grips. The sleeve should break loose inside and start to spin. As it spins retract the screwdriver and the sleeve will come with it. If that fails, use an electric drill with a 3/8-inch bit to slowly start the sleeve moving and it should come out. Now the temptation to “grocery cart” a nice piece of furniture has been removed and it will be much happier in the long run. Our hand-picked selection of vintage industrial casters have the ability to uniquely complement antiques and steampunk-inspired furniture and accessories by adding a whole new meaning to the piece and creating a deeper story to be told. Stem casters mount inside furniture legs, while cup casters support the leg inside a sturdily constructed cup.
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Made from solid brass with wheels available in brass, wood, rubber or porcelain. It features solid-brass construction, a one-inch diameter brass wheel, and comes in your choice of different popular finishes. It features solid-brass construction, a one-inch diameter brass wheel, and our exclusive living antique patina. It features solid-brass construction, a one-inch brass wheel, and comes in your choice of three popular finishes. It features solid brass, a one-inch brass wheel, and comes in our exclusive living antique patina. It features solid brass, a one-inch brass wheel, and comes in your choice of three popular finishes. It features solid brass construction, a 1 ¼” wheel, and comes in our exclusive living antique patina. It features solid-brass construction, a one-inch diameter porcelain wheel, and comes in our exclusive living antique patina. It features solid-brass construction, a one-inch diameter porcelain wheel, and is left unlacquered to allow for graceful aging, just like the antique originals. It features solid-brass construction, a one-inch diameter porcelain wheel, and our exclusive living antique patina. It features solid-steel construction, steel housing, and a 1 1/4” dark hardwood wheel. It features solid-steel construction, steel housing, and a 1 5/8” dark hardwood wheel. It features solid-brass construction, a one-inch wheel, and comes in your choice of three popular finishes. It’s made with heavy-duty solid brass for durability, features a 1 ¼” wheel, and comes in three popular finishes. It’s constructed of solid steel with a ball bearing for added strength, and a two-inch rubber wheel. It features sturdy, iron construction, a 1 1/8” porcelain wheel, and a textured surface with a black-painted finish. Each set contains four 2 9/16" diameter caster cups, enough for one sofa, cabinet or table. Made of durable cast glass with a shallow cup, they are strong enough for large and heavy furniture pieces. Each set contains four 3" diameter caster cups, enough for one sofa, cabinet or table. Choose from clear or vintage bottle green. The hole diameter at the bottom is 5/16". Made of solid brass for durability, it comes in your choice of two classic finishes. Made of solid oak, with a shallow cup, they are strong enough for large and heavy furniture pieces. It features solid-brass construction and a 1 1/2-inch wheel. Left unlaquered, it gradually develops highlights with use, just like period originals. It features solid-brass construction and a 1 1/4-inch wheel.
It is made with heavy-duty solid brass for durability and features a 1" wheel. Left unlaquered, it will gradually develop highlights with use, just like period originals. Check out the photos for best idea on condition. Perfect for restoring old chairs or furniture. Many different styles and parts as shown. The wheels are 1 3/4" diameter x 1" wide, the mount plates are 2 1/8" diameter. Long before casters became common in industrial or medical settings, early variations were being used with all kinds of antique furniture. Further, many antique restorations eventually add casters to the mix to make this fragile and high-value furniture a bit more durable if it has to be moved around on a regular basis. The good news for antique furniture owners is that the rapidly developing caster industry has not forgotten its roots, with any number of really great options available to match older home or office furnishings. Available in a variety of finishes with all kinds of modern or period-specific wheel materials, these casters offer a great deal of appeal during restoration and are the best way to perform authentic work with little to no compromise in the process. For those customers who won’t settle for anything less than the best possible option, we have some great solutions worth considering during a delicate restoration procedure. Even better, brass can be sold in a variety of colors and finishes so that the casters match both chrome-plated furnishings and those with brushed finishes and darker colors.
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Our brass options come in both polished and brush offerings, in yellow and a darker brown hue that will match virtually every older piece of furniture. These caster finishes can be paired with a wide variety of wheel materials as well, further increasing the likelihood of a perfect match for any antique furnishings. This is almost always the case for pieces from the mid-20th century. These “modern antiques” will benefit from the durable strength of nickel finishes and, like the brass casters mentioned earlier, each of these finishes can be paired with wheels in a variety of materials that will blend perfectly during restoration. That’s where our stainless steel options come in a variety of colors, including low-key black, which blend into a much broader assortment of antique furnishings. When brass or nickel just won’t do, these casters serve as a great resource for accurate, stunning restoration. In fact, most antique pieces of furniture came with caster wheels made from far more conventional materials, many of which are still available to specialty buyers engaging in period-sensitive restoration work. Each caster wheel comes with a smooth finish on the surface, able to safeguard the wheel against moisture and the occasional ding or dent. Hardwood wheels are available with virtually every caster metal, making it easy to mix and match for a perfect and authentic restorative process. Be sure to browse our entire selection of materials, finishes, and combinations, so that any older piece of furniture can be restored to its original beauty without compromise. Often thought of in today’s world as something a bit more decorative than all-purpose, porcelain wheels are a great way to bring back an old furnishing’s glory days. These wheels, available in a stark white color that really sets off the antique itself, are as attractive as they are durable and authentic. Like their hardwood counterparts, these wheels can be mixed and matched with all of our available antique caster metals. That makes them a quick and easy choice for any high-stakes restoration where substitution just isn’t an option. These wheels were one of the most common options for older pieces of furniture, so it’s likely that a large number of restoration procedures will require either brass-plated, shinier wheels, or those with a brushed finish and a slightly darker appearance. Both options are perfect for heavier pieces of furniture and they’re easy to blend with virtually any original aesthetic. When considering each option, those going through the restoration process should make sure they know how to pick the proper replacement. The first of these is that casters with a stem can generally only be used on furniture that already had the proper holes pre-drilled. This allows the stem to fit snugly and securely for the long haul. Knowing the dimensions ahead of time will help to avoid some of the most common pitfalls of any caster purchase, antique or not.
Customers who measure and double-check the stem’s length will prevent wheels that don’t sit flush with the furniture, and they’ll avoid caster hardware that simply falls out of the pre-drilled holes when the object is lifted. For this reason, many shoppers going through a restoration procedure are actually on the hunt for a non-stem, bracket-based caster that can be attached virtually anywhere on the furniture. Shopping for these casters is quite a bit easier, but there are still some things to know. First and foremost, it’s always a good idea to measure the width of the furniture’s underside to make sure that the bracket will be able to securely and properly attach to the furniture. If not, the bracket will overhang the bottom of the furniture piece, presenting both a safety hazard and an aesthetic eyesore. The caster purchased should have a matching finish on the bracket so that the bracket doesn’t stand out compared to either the furniture or the rest of the caster hardware. Our collection is made up of various finishes, a number of different wheel types and materials, and a variety of stem sizes and bracket types.
Simply put, it’s easy to find exactly what each piece needs. To get started, we encourage customers to get in touch with one of our expert salespeople right away. With vast experience in the industry and a firm understanding of what makes antique restoration particularly unique, they’ll be able to recommend the right caster material, hardware, and more.
We look forward to helping with all of your restoration needs!