Oval plate & ring handles became popular towards the end of the 18th century in the styles of furniture promoted by Hepplewhite in his design guide. With their classical flavor, the ring handles particularly remained popular through the Sheraton and Empire period of the early 19th century. Most of these were set on an oval medallion like backplate through round, octagonal and other shapes were also produced. The backplates took advantage of the fine detail possible when thin brass sheet is pressed between dies. Tableau of a patriotic, classical, romantic or floral nature usually decorate these handles.