Definitions for "Early American"
Keywords:  jacobean, gateleg, trestle, mary, anne
This is reserved for homes that are replicas of historic American homes. A true Saltbox, Cape, or Federal home would be grouped together in this category.
Furniture dating from the early period of American colonization by Europeans. Reflects many European influences, but is chiefly English in design. The term is also applied to modern interpretations of American Colonial design.
American furniture design of the late 17th and early 18th centuries, adapted from such heavy European styles as Jacobean or William and Mary. The look is characterized by straight lines and minimal decoration. Tables are gateleg and trestle styles, chairs include ladder and slat backs. The style merged into what is now called Colonial, featuring Queen Anne and Chippendale design.