Federal period pulls were used on American furniture from the late 18th century thru the early 19th century. Manufacturing processes had advanced producing delicate stamped brass pulls and knobs with great detail. George Hepplewhite and Thomas Sheraton were the two most influential cabinetmakers and designers of this era. Their graceful neoclassic style was evident in the intricate oval Hepplewhite handles and popular Sheraton knobs of this age. There was great overlap and strong similarity between the two styles allowing for mixing and matching of oval Hepplewhite pulls and Sheraton knobs. The end of this era saw big change with the onset of the Empire period. This flamboyant style favored sandwich glass knobs and lion head pulls.