Bail handle

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A bail handle or simply bail is a type of hooped handle used on various items. It may be used for carrying an item, such as a bucket or kettle, or for decoration.

Decorative bail handles appeared on pieces of French Rococo furniture during the early 18th century. These handles on drawers were rounded and hinged onto an escutcheon plate and hung down in the shape of a half moon or arch. Due to being hinged, they were able to move up and down and they were usually elaborately decorated.[1]


  1. ^ "Bail Handles", White Chapel LTD, retrieved November 12, 2012