N.O.S. Circa 1810:
Amazingly, this set (of 4) paw foot casters was never used. There is no wear on the wheels. Fine lines and tool marks from the lathe are still visible on the wheels. There is also no evidence that securing screws were ever turned into the countersunk holes on the back of each caster. Besides the bumps scratches and dirt, most of the original burnished and tinted lacquer coating is intact. These paw feet have probably been kicking around the workshops of various cabinetmakers for the last 200 years. Unfortunately, they never found a more permanent home on a table or delicate Grecian sofa.
These examples of pressed brass knobs date from around the first quarter of the 19th century. They are clearly marked with the initials "DS". (There is also an "x" on the square section of the threaded post.) I have yet to find time to research the "DS" maker's mark. I have collected dozens of examples of the different maker's marks on period furniture hardware. The maker's marks are everywhere.