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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.

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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.

Victorian Porcelain Door Knobs

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     Porcelain door knobs are a gorgeous addition to any home.  The Victorian style that is usually a staple of these pieces is very subtle, allowing them to blend in with the current style of your home, even if it isn’t Victorian in style.  These pieces are the same size as a standard door knob, making them the ideal piece to adorn any door in your home.

     You have your choice of base finish for these knobs.  While polished brass is one of the most popular choices, you can also choose antique brass, polished chrome, brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze.  We also offer two different knob choices; white or black.  Each knob is constructed out of pure porcelain.  The white knobs add a kind of elegant finish to the doors, while the black makes a much bolder statement.  Porcelain door knobs used to be extremely popular in many homes as an easy way to add an elegant touch to any décor.  It was also a very inexpensive way to do some minor redecorating, and remains the same way today.  Door knobs are easily interchangeable, and with so many finishes available you can easily adapt them to one style, or many different ones depending on how you decorated your home.

A functional knob, black porcelain with a polished brass finish

 

     Porcelain door knobs are best used inside the house, rather than on the front door.  To keep them in the best shape as long as possible, you may want to refrain from installing them on any door that may be subject to getting hit or has the potential to be damaged.  It is not uncommon for porcelain knobs to become damaged over time, as they are made from a fragile material. While it is extremely rare for them to become shattered, small cracks appearing are commonplace.  These knobs can be purchased singularly or in a double set, and as always any mounting screws necessary are included.

Colonial Coat Hooks

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When you think of the colonial time period, many people will picture hand-crafted items, from tables and chairs to dressers and bed frames.  Tools were hand-forged out of cast iron, and the time and care it took to create these items can be seen in every strike of the hammer and anvil.

Cast iron is the metal of choice when it came to creating everything from door handles and furniture hardware to pots and pans and stoves and everything in between.  These were generally very simple designs, which still took hours to make despite the simplicity.  The metal would have to be constantly heated, cooled, and re-heated between strikes to ensure its strength and durability as well as to create just the right angles for everything.

Coat hooks were one thing created from cast iron that could be decorative, but nothing too elaborate.  Single hook designs were much more common than double hooks, and the backplate, or piece that attached to the wall, was often the decorative element.  Designs were usually just shapes, such as hearts, diamonds and spades, and would either be a solid piece or just an outline.

The strength of the hooks may seem to vary based on the thickness, but the fact of the matter is that these hooks were crafted so precisely that they can hold immense amounts of weight, even if it doesn’t seem that way.  There is one double hook option available, and it is very delicate in appearance but still quite strong.  If you are more interested in a hook that shows its strength while still being decorative, try one of the scroll hook designs.

The hooks vary in size, and can add the perfect touch of style and functionality to any home or business and will last for generations.  We include the necessary cast iron screws to securely attaché these to any wall.

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August 3, 2011 at 2:09 pm

Victorian Mail Slots

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     Mail slots were once the preferred method of receiving your mail on a daily basis instead of the more modern mailbox that is mounted on a post by the side of the road.  This is especially true in rural areas where the most efficient way to get from building to building is by motorized vehicle.  There are still some areas throughout the country that have mail carriers who deliver on foot, and for locations like these mail slots may still be used.

One of the characteristics of a victorian style mail slot is the intricate design around the edges.

     Many homes, especially restorations, are installing mail slots on their doors to add a sense of whimsy or nostalgia to the home rather than for their functionality.  We have recognized the popularity of these items, and strive to carry a large selection of different kinds of mail slots, so there is at least one choice for every home style.  Mail slots tend to be overlooked on homes in which they are commonly used, but that doesn’t mean they need to be any less decorative.

     The Victorian style tends to be the most decorative in all of its components, from construction of homes and exterior decorations to the little details that can be found on any piece of hardware.  Mail slots are no exception.  While there is an overall design that can be seen, it’s the intricate details that are all along the exterior border that make the biggest difference.  Much time is taken to make sure that the border enhances the piece and draws the eye toward the overall design of the piece, rather than noticing one particular element at a time.

A victorian mail slot with a brushed nickel finish.

   Victorian mail slots are available in a myriad of different finishes, including polished chrome, oil rubbed bronze, polished and antique brass as well as nickel plated.  The antique brass seems to be the most classic and popular option, and really lets the design of the piece to stand out.  We list all the dimensions on our website to ensure that you get the right size mail slot, and include all mounting hardware necessary to complete your project.

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July 27, 2011 at 9:14 am

Arts and Crafts Door Pulls

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     Arts and Crafts style homes, often referred to as Craftsman style homes, pride themselves on using local man-made materials to construct not only the exterior of the home but all of the interior decorations and hardware as well.  This includes any door handles, hinges, switch plates, as well as pieces of furniture like beds, chairs and tables.  While these styles of homes may be adorned with traditional brass metals, pewter and copper are the most popular.

the popular rice pattern

 

     If you are renovating your Craftsman style home, our website has a wide variety of hardware pieces to choose from in this style and most of them are available in the most popular finishes.  We carry an especially large selection of door pulls and handles, since these tend to be not only the most popular pieces of hardware purchased, but also the ones that tend to make the biggest statement.  One of the first things people notice when they arrive at your home for this first time, aside from the exterior structure itself, is the door handle.  Whether or not it makes a statement, or how much of one, is a decision up to the owner, and the finish choice has a lot to do with this.

Pewter is one of the most popular materials for manufacturing craftsman style pulls.

    

     Pewter will stand out more against a light-colored door but at the same time can add a simple touch.  Copper on the other hand tends to add a statement no matter what the finish of the door is.   New copper has a sheen that cannot be duplicated with any other metal, and the patina that develops over time adds an additional touch.  Natural patinas tend to preferred to chemically created ones, and can only truly be appreciated over time.

    

 

     All of the Arts and Crafts style door pulls and door handles we feature ship in a timely manner with all the mounting hardware you will need to install it, saving you the time and trouble of finding just the right pieces to finish the job.

 

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July 25, 2011 at 9:03 am

What Is It? Chapter 3

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Well, we’re still snowed in, but it’s looking like we my be getting out of here in a few days.  The roads are starting to get plowed in our area, but since we live so far out of the way, we’ll probably be some of the last ones to get taken care of.  That’s fine though; we’re still playing a mighty big game of “Guess What This Is” and could sure use some input as to what you think they are.

This next one is probably our biggest challenge yet.  This came in the last mystery box that we got from the auction, but despite our best efforts, we have no idea what this could possibly be.  We found three of them in the box, but I’m betting there was a fourth to the set, but as for their purposes, we only have a few guesses.

Flower Decorations

These three flower shaped items are roughly four and a half inches tall, and are made of cast iron that has been painted to enhance their beauty.  As you can see by the center picture, the bottom of these was made to clamp onto something, but we’re not exactly sure what (more guesses on that later).  We almost started scrubbing the lacquer off of them accidentally because we thought it was dirt. Then we noticed they all looked that way so we stopped.  They are also fairly heavy despite their small size, but that just means that they’ll stand the tests of time.

Now on to our guesses.  I think that these are some sort of decoration for the tops of iron gates or fences outside, but some of my colleagues think these were used indoors on bed frames.  It’s hard to say exactly how old they are; that might help us figure it out.  In the meantime, we’ll take a vote on whether these were used indoors or out.  Be sure to comment and cast your vote!

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February 24, 2011 at 5:34 pm