What is the meaning of the furniture term Rat Claw Foot?

The term Rat Claw Foot in the context of furniture refers to a specific type of foot design commonly found on antique furniture. It is characterized by a foot that resembles the claws of a rat or small animal, with curving, pointed toes and sometimes even with etched detailing to resemble nails or claws. This foot design was popular in the late 18th and early 19th centuries, particularly in English and American furniture styles. Sharp skinny claws grasping a ball, as the decoration fo a cabriole foot.
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