Corbels have been around for centuries. Even before medieval times the use of corbels as supports was standard fitment in most homes. The poor used plain corbels to support ceiling beams. The rich would adorn the corbels to give a baroque look.
From wood to metal was an obvious leap and some of the building renderings in the 11th and 12th century in Europe show balconies supported by large corbels. The picture of Juliet balconies (Juliet refers to Romeo courting Juliet (Shakespeare’s play). The fact is in the play Romeo would romance Juliet while she was at a window. However the name struck and has been in use ever since) is a fine example of the various uses of corbels both structurally and architecturally. Read more