Chippendale pulls often referred to as colonial drawer handles were extensively used in the 18th century. Thomas Chippendale an English cabinetmaker developed the Chippendale style and published a book with illustrations of his designs and techniques. Titled the "Gentleman and Cabinet Maker's Director" this book became famous, encouraging Chippendale's peers to copy his furniture. Rococo, Chinese and Gothic influences were very much apart of this artistic period. Chippendale pulls were made with bold backplates and swan neck drawer handles depicting the rococo inspiration.
The Chinese influence is seen in his style of very decorative lacquered furniture using pierced Chippendale pulls. The furniture and Chippendale drawer pulls from this colonial era are well-liked and continue to be reproduced today.