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Victorian Cup and Bin Pulls

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     Cup and Bin pulls are a great alternative to traditional drawer pulls and dresser hardware.  If you are tired of the annoying ‘knocking’ sound that often accompanies the opening or closing of a dresser drawer with a more traditional style of hardware, think about trying out this style instead.

decorative cup pull - finished in antique brass

     Cup and Bin pulls offer a more elegant and old-fashioned style of hardware decoration, and are ideal for any type of drawer, particularly those found on dressers and desks.  They are very simple and easy to install and can be a wonderful decorative element in any home.  All you need to replace any of these items is a simple screwdriver; we provide the screws and the pulls themselves.

A fine example of Victorian design work with an oil-rubbed bronze finish.

     You have your choice of several different designs.  Each design was carefully created by master craftsman.  While the items themselves are created in a mold, the molds themselves were delicately hand carved to ensure consistency, with every attention to detail carefully examined.  These pulls allow you to exhibit more detail than traditional swinging handles, and are much more durable.

It is easy to see how a well designed pull can breath new life into an otherwise drab piece of furniture.

     The decoration on the cup is very durable and easy to care for.  A simple swipe of a cloth gets rid of any dust, and depending on what finish you choose there is little more care necessary.  Swinging handles, while very common, are also very cheap.  They are rarely made of a solid metal, and the finish has a tendency to wear down over time.  While the decorative backplate of these designs holds up very well, the worn finish on the handles is very noticeable and cannot be easily replaced.  With cup pulls the design is made so well that it rarely wears down, and if it does it is very hard to notice.

Antique and Victorian Style Door Hinges

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When you hear the word ‘Victorian’ in relation to anything architectural or decorative chances are you mine immediately creates the image of something very elaborate or elaborately decorated.  The Victorian era was filled with people trying to constantly outdo each other when it came to buildings and decorating your home, resulting in flourishes and carving and embellishments on everything possible.  Items that were previously only made very simply, like door hinges and door knobs, were soon exhibiting much more intricate designs.  While some items received more attention to detail than others, particularly larger furniture pieces, it was obvious that attention was being paid to every item now instead of just a select few.

Ball Tip Hinge

Ball Tip Hinge

Door hinges were always something that was seen as nothing more than a functional necessity in homes, and no one ever really thought to add any sort of design element to them.  Fortunately someone soon realized how much of an improvement a little detail could make in a home and started decorating every piece of hardware, particularly door hinges.

Steeple Tip Hinge

Steeple Tip Hinge

The trick of the hinges is that the designs that were so carefully carved and embossed on them could only be seen when the doors are open, which leads people to have a more open and inviting home.  The more decorative hinges someone has in their home, the friendly and more generous they were thought to be.

Antique Brass East Lake Hinge

Antique Brass East Lake Hinge

Show your friends and loved ones how friendly and generous you are by switching out your plain door hinges with these more elaborate Victorian ones.  They add a touch of elegance to even the most modestly decorated home, and blend in with any decorating style.  They are available in several different finishes, making them easy to match with any current hardware you have in your home.  As always, we include any mounting hardware you will need to ensure that these match your home perfectly.

Broken Leaf Pattern Pocket Door Hardware

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     The Broken Leaf pattern has long been a popular choice in door hardware, and is exceptionally popular when it comes to pocket doors.  Pocket doors are a great way to make a room feel open while still allowing for privacy when necessary.  While many times these doors remain in their hidden position, many people still find it necessary to provide ample decoration just like with any other door in their home.

broken leaf door pull, polished brass finish

     The broken leaf pattern is intricately detailed, and is available in several different finishes.  It is easy to see that this pattern is best displayed in the antique brass finish, but it still looks fantastic in the polished brass as well as the oiled bronze.  While there are several different options available for pocket door pulls, there are also coordinating push plates available, in addition to pocket door cup style handles.

 

broken leaf style push plate, antique brass finish

     Whether you want to coordinate with other pieces of hardware in your home or just want to create a statement on your pocket doors, the Broken Leaf pattern is definitely a piece that can do this for you.  The amount of intricate details on each of these pieces adds a special touch to any home, and easily blends in with nearly any style of home décor.

a broken leaf entryway set

 

     These pieces are available in a multitude of styles, including locking ones, and there are several different ways you can purchase them.  One of the most popular options is to purchase a set that includes door pulls, strike plates, latches, keys (privacy style only) as well as all of the mounting hardware you need to make sure they are securely installed and that the hardware doesn’t create an unwanted statement.

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September 6, 2011 at 8:24 am

Eastlake Door Bells

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     Almost every home out there has a doorbell attached to the front door, but very few people take the time to coordinate these items to the rest of the hardware in their home.  By taking the extra time and making an effort to choose a doorbell that matches the door handles and other hardware you are showing people that you appreciate antiques and the statement they can make for your home.

One example of the very popular Eastlake style doorbell.

     The Eastlake style is very popular when it comes people wanting to make a statement with their hardware they display in their home. The Eastlake Movement was a nineteenth century architectural and household design reform movement started by architect and writer Charles Eastlake (1836–1906). The movement is generally considered part of the late 19th century period in terms of broad antique furniture designations. In architecture the Eastlake Style is part of the Queen Anne style of Victorian architecture. This style features intricately detailed carvings and engravings, generally out of only geometric shapes.  All of these details were created by using machinery, a modern invention at the inception of this architectural style.  While the pieces may be elaborately decorated, the focus of the Eastlake style is simplicity; this is why the geometric shapes have such a predominant focus.

A classic example of a mechanical "turn" bell.

     Door bells have changed drastically over the decades.  Where they used to be ropes attached to a bell inside the home, they have now transitioned to electric versions.  While the chime boxes inside the home may still be somewhat discreet, it is not uncommon to have a more decorative back plate to adorn the bell itself on the exterior of the home.  Not only does this make it more cohesive to the rest of the home’s style, but it helps it to stand out more for those who are looking to use the doorbell.We have several different styles and shapes available for the Eastlake door bells, as well as a variety of finishes

Another fine example of eastlake style detail and polished brass finish.

     Don’t forget to take into consideration the shape of your doorway and what kind of statement you want to make when making your choice on shape.

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August 30, 2011 at 8:30 am

Ribbon and Reed Pattern Lion Door Knocker

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Door knockers are a piece of ancient hardware history, and were at the height of their popularity about one hundred years ago.  This was back in the days before cell phones and electric door knobs.  It was common to find a home that had a bell-pull type door knob; these were typically on the more elaborately decorated homes of the wealthy. It was more likely that you would find a door knocker on a home instead.

Antique Brass Ribbon and Reed Lion Door Knocker

Antique Brass Ribbon and Reed Lion Door Knocker

Depending on your financial status depended on how decorative of a door knocker your home would have, or if you would have one at all.  The wealthier you were, the more decorative the style.  The wealthiest people would generally have a door knocker in the shape of an animal head, with a lion’s head being the most famous and popular ones.  Door knockers like these can be found on some of the most famous buildings throughout the United States as well as the U.K.

Manufactured in Two Sizes - 8 Finishes

Manufactured in Two Sizes - 8 Finishes

The people who came up with the designs for many of the Ribbon and Reed style door knockers have a real eye for detail.  They are exceptional at getting just enough detail in the animal heads while providing just a small amount on the ring.  These items were typically cast in polished brass so they would stand out, but copper and pewter also became popular over the years.

Made from Solid Bronze and Brass

Made from Solid Bronze and Brass

We offer this piece in two sizes – and several different finishes to match the décor of your home.  Antique bronze is the most popular, with the classic polished brass in a close second, followed by the oil rubbed bronze.  As always, we include the mounting hardware for the piece with your order in the same finish you have selected to eliminate the hassle of having to match it from the hardware store, or having to guess what size screw(s) you will need.

Eastlake Cup Pull with Label Holder

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    The Eastlake architectural style can be found all over the world, although it originated in New England in the late 1800’s.  While it is commonly lumped in with the Victorian architectural style, this cannot be further from the truth.  While the Eastlake style came to popularity while the Victorian era was still ending, it has many more unique qualities to it.  The primary components of this style were clean lines and geometric shapes.  Mass production was gaining in popularity, and the recent advances made it possible to duplicate these products on a much larger scale.

Click the image to learn more about various styles and movements in architecture and interior design.

     The Eastlake style is extremely popular in metal accents, especially with drawers, cabinets, and door hinges.  Many of the artists that made this style famous were prone to add decoration and direction to even the most mundane and overlooked pieces, and turned them all into works of art.  Where others failed to add any sort of adornment, Eastlake artisans flourished and took advantage of the blank canvas and made it their own.

 

     This particular example (pictured to the right) is a cup pull with label holder, and was found in offices everywhere.  It took an otherwise bland piece of furniture like a filing cabinet, and turned it into a piece that commanded attention by anyone in the room.  It’s functionality made it even more sought after, and they still are today.  It is an extremely durable piece because of its solid brass construction, which also makes it quite heavy.

 

     This piece is small, and measures less than 5″ high and just over 2″ tall.  All you need is a scrap piece of paper and you’ll have an instant label!  This piece is available in the popular finishes for it’s time: Polished Brass, Antique Brass, and Oil Rubbed Bronze.  These three can be found on most any piece of antique hardware, as well as many modern pieces.  We also include a pair of mounting screws in the same finish.

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June 29, 2011 at 8:57 am

Victorian Queen Anne Style in the United States

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     The Queen Anne style came over to the United States and began getting popular around 1880, not long after its popularity was booming in England.  Just like with some other things, the term Queen Anne style is loosely used.  Many of the same architectural elements seen in England are not the same seen here in the United States.

     In fact, the US version of the Queen Anne style is much more similar to the Craftsman style than its British counterpart.  While some of the features of these two design styles are similar, there are more differences.  The biggest similarities are the asymmetrical facades paired with overhanging eves, towers, and Dutch Gables.  Large wraparound porches often accentuate all of the above in classic Queen Anne Style.

     Some of the most decorative elements that are significant in this architectural style are not found on the outside of the home, but rather in the decorations and hardware that adorn the interior.  Door hinges, door knobs, cabinet hardware and much more are pieces that characterize the Queen Anne style perfectly, and may be similar or even identical to pieces found over in Great Britain.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

    The Craftsman/Queen Anne style can be found throughout the country, but perhaps the most famous example of this are the painted houses that line the streets of San Francisco.  They are the epitome of this style.

     If you want your home to portray the Queen Anne or Craftsman Victorian architectural styles, the best way to achieve this is from the inside out.  If your home already has some of the exterior elements, that is an added bonus.  Adding little touches throughout the interior are a great and affordable way to change the style of your home.

     When picturing a Queen Anne house, what most often comes to mind are “gingerbread”  houses. These  houses have lacy, delicate features like turned porch posts and ornamental spindles. Some interior uses of this style are demonstrated above.  This design is often called Eastlake, because it shares characteristics of the work by Charles Eastlake.

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June 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm