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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.


Mission Revival and Craftsman Drawer Pulls

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     The Mission Revival Style was an architectural movement that began in the late 19th century for a colonial style’s revivalism and reinterpretation, which drew inspiration from the late 18th and early 19th century Spanish missions in California.  The  movement enjoyed its greatest popularity between 1890 and 1915, through numerous residential, commercial, and institutional structures, particularly with schools and railroad depots, that used this easily recognizable architectural style.

    The Mission Revival style is often lumped in with the Craftsman style, and for good reason.  Not only do the two styles overlap one another, but they are also very similar in style and inspiration.  Both styles embraced very simplistic styles and made their main focus was using local materials and artists to create various pieces of hardware and furniture.

     These styles of homes embrace the Craftsman philosophy completely.  Since these styles of homes have generated a very strong following it is quite easy to find a variety of different hardware options to help the homeowners maintain the Craftsman philosophy.  While some homeowners focus on the structure itself many others put their efforts into the furniture and hardware of the home to make sure it all fits in the Craftsman style.

     The choices people have for drawer hardware is extensive, and narrowing it down by architectural style doesn’t make that much of a dent in the options, especially with these styles.  The most common choices for drawer pulls are very simple ring designs.  The plusses for this option is that they can help convert any simple piece of furniture into more of a Craftsman style quite easily, and look great on any piece.


There are many different finishes available as well, and no one finish looks better than another because of the simplicity of it, and they blend with each other quite nicely.  This means you can have one room with primarily polished brass accents and another with oil rubbed bronze or chrome.  The different finishes can give very different impressions allowing an even further expression of a person’s personality.  All of the drawer pulls include the mounting hardware, making it a quick and easy upgrade to any room in your home.

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August 23, 2011 at 8:29 am

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

Just A Handle

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Here is another piece from the same gentleman that sent us the pineapple eating turtle drawer pull back.  This part, as you can see from the picture, is just the swinging handle part, along with the two pins necessary to hold it in place.  I know what many of you might be thinking, but no, this is not the missing piece for the turtle.

Take a really good look at it.  This piece is probably about twenty or so years older than turtle, and may even be made of a different metal.  We can’t say for sure quite yet; it’s still really dirty and needs a lot of cleaning done to it before we can make any declaration about it.  We can definitely say that it seems to be missing a piece, but that may not be the case.

While drawer pulls have always been somewhat necessary, they have not always been as decorative as they are today.  It’s commonplace nowadays to have a removable backplate that has a swinging handle, but this is a relatively new decoration, all things considering.

simple twisted handle

Handles for drawers started off as just that; simply a handle, like the one we are featuring now.  There was no real need for any sort of decoration, and most people couldn’t afford them when they were available.  They were too fancy and far too expensive for most homes.  Another reason is many people made their own furniture, or bartered for goods with others to get what they needed.  This was especially true in farm towns, and villages far from the big cities.

It just wasn’t practical to use valuable for metalsmiths to use their talent to create something so decorative while knowing nobody could afford it.  They had two options; move to a big city and try to sell them there, or stick to what would and could sell and be happy with what you had.


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April 12, 2011 at 10:10 am

Who’s That Lady?

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This is a gorgeous drawer handle is one of the most antique pieces we’ve ever featured. It is very worn, suggesting that it was either used for a long time, or that it was not well cared for. Fortunately, we have a little history on this piece, though not much.

We know that it was recovered from a building that caught fire and unfortunately the home was completely destroyed. The only good thing is that no one was injured in the fire. The home was full of antiques, and many of them were destroyed. Bystanders say that the wood caught fire more quickly than anyone had imagined.

The home was not in the historic part of town, but the owners were very avid antique collectors and had some absolutely exquisite pieces in their collection. While the wood itself did not make it, some of the hardware did, including this drawer pull. This piece was absolutely ridiculously filthy when we found it, and after a really good soak and scrubbing with our handy dandy toothbrush, we were able to uncover more details.Portrait Drawer Handle

This piece had a hand carved original that then had a negative made of it to create a mold, resulting in what you see today. The details on it are worn down, primarily from age, though the heat from the fire didn’t help. The floral work on the sides would have been considered exquisite in its day. We don’t have any real idea who the portrait is of, but have a few ideas.

It was not uncommon during that time to use a loved one as a model for various pieces, primarily because they didn’t have to be paid as models, and were always there as a reference when needed. This was most likely the creator’s wife, girlfriend, mother, or possibly daughter. Who would you use as your model?


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March 25, 2011 at 10:00 am

Not Your Average Piece of Junk

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It’s been awhile since we’ve featured any door knockers. We don’t want everyone to think that we specialize in just drawer pulls and knobs. We actually pride ourselves in being able to supply our customers with a wide variety of antique and replica pieces from around the world. We want to give everyone the opportunity to capture the old world classic feel without always having to pay an exorbitant price.

While sometimes it seems like we feature more of one type of piece than another, most times it is because it is what we are really and truly excited about showing to you. True, there are certain items, like drawer pulls, that we do seem to feature more of, but that’s mainly because they are so abundant. These types of pieces account for a good third of our stock, but that’s also because they account for the same, if not more, in homes. Just think of how many dressers and cabinets you have in your house compared to doors, mailboxes, light fixtures, etc.

Rusty Drawer Handle

This piece is no exception. Yes, it’s another drawer pull and yes it needs a really good cleaning, but take a good look at it. You can tell that this piece was handmade by the simple craftsmanship that went in to it. There is a great amount of detail work on the back piece of it, which makes it a gorgeous accent to any piece of furniture. The assembly, where the handle itself attaches to the rest of the piece, is nothing more than a simple loop of metal to hold it in place. Unlike many modern pieces that may come in two, three, or four parts, this simple one piece construction sets it apart from its more modern counterparts.

We really like how the dark of the rust sets of the piece, and while we won’t use rust a finish, we will used oiled bronze as well as copper and probably cast iron as well. Let us know what you think?


Pot O’ Gold

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We recently bid on another auction box, this one labeled as a pot of gold.  While I didn’t actually believe that it was full of gold, especially at the price that we got it for.  What we expected was a box full of gold-colored items, but we received much more than we bargained for.  Clearly, the people who create these posts knew what they were doing when they created the wording or the auction.  Our winning bid was nearly double the amount we had budgeted to spend, and we think it’s only because of the title of the auction.

Granted, we are more than pleased with our decision to continue bidding, now that we have discovered the contents of the box.  It is indeed filled with gold-colored items like we imagined, in the form of shiny brass door knobs and drawer pulls.  Some of them still need a really good polishing, but the majority of them were in near-new condition when we received them.  Don’t believe me? Just look at the picture!  I haven’t done a thing to this piece except take it’s picture so we could post it before stripping it down to make a mold of it!

Simple Elegant Drawer Pull

This piece is going to be extremely easy to mold, as well as to sell.  It’s simple yet elegant design makes it ideal for any dresser, any style.  There are a few marks on the original piece, but they will not be there on the replicas.  We will be sure that this piece is absolutely flawless before creating the final mold.  That way it is ready for you to install on your nightstand, entertainment center, or even kitchen cabinets.  We would love to hear how you are going to use this piece!  Let us know; it may give us more ideas for future pieces.


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March 7, 2011 at 11:41 am