Ferrule and Sabot

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If you are going to walk the walk, you should talk the talk.

What is the difference?

Nothing.  Ferrule and sabot mean the same thing.  Think shoes for furniture.

FERRULE AND SABOT:  Synonyms.  A metal cap at the end of a furniture leg.

The idea of “shoes” for furniture comes from the word “sabot.”  It means shoe in French and typically refers to a clog-like shoe, often made of wood.

Ferrule has an additional meaning.  It also refers to a metal cap attached to the end of a slender shaft as a joint,  for strength or to prevent a split.  The cap does not need to be located on a furniture foot.

Examples

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Louis XV transitional form table

Louis XV transitional form table

Ferrule used as a joint

Here a ferrule is used to hold the bristles of a brush onto the handle.

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Sterling ferrules adorn this silverware and serve as a joint between the handle and the utensil.

Set of Antique Victorian Mother of Pearl Flatware Service With Sterling Ferrules

Set of Antique Victorian Mother of Pearl Flatware Service With Sterling Ferrules

Mimic the look

Gold paint creates the look of long sabots.

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Sabots of a different sort.

Design DictionaryLynn Byrne