Colonial, Pilgrim, and Early American all refer to the first distinct period of American furniture. As one would expect, Jacobean influences from England are incorporated into furniture made in the early days of American settlement.
- Ornamental carving
- Inlays including mother of pearl
- Chunky finials and legs
- Raised panels
- Wood turnings
- Woods tended to be native – fruit, oak, maple, pine, cherry, birch
- Joints were pegged or mortis and tenon
Here are a few examples of Colonial/Pilgrim/Early American furniture. Click on any image to zoom in.
Furniture of the Pilgrim Century – Wallace Nutting – https://books.google.com/books?id=K3MvAAAAMAAJ&pg=PA182#v=onepage&q&f=false