What is the meaning of the furniture term Crinoline Stretcher?

The term crinoline stretcher refers to a supportive horizontal crossbar or stretcher that is commonly found in certain types of furniture, typically chairs or tables. The crinoline stretcher is positioned between the legs of the furniture, often connecting the front and back legs on either side. It provides additional stability and reinforcement to the structure of the furniture piece, ensuring its durability and preventing wobbling or sagging. The term crinoline refers to a stiff fabric that was historically used for womens hoop skirts, and the stretcher is named as such because of its similar appearance to the hoop or framework of a crinoline skirt. Stretcher on Windsor chairs, the two front legs joined by a semicircular curve. With short stretchers to the back legs.
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