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French Style Push Plate

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This piece is a beauty! We found this brass French Style push plate while we were in Chicago, just like the last piece. This one came from a different home. Well, not even a home. It was found in an old barn belonging to a house just outside of Chicago. The homeowners had just bought the property, and were looking to sell the barn and everything in it. This one was wrapped up and tucked away – a great find.

Fleur Back Plate

Fleur Back Plate

There was so much stuff piled in there! Boxes and boxes of just things, in no particular order, precariously stacked throughout the barn; it had clearly been there awhile, and who knows what we were going to find. Lo and behold, we found exactly what we were looking for right inside the door; a whole stack of antique hardware!

As we started digging through, we realized we had hit a goldmine. I can’t wait to highlight all of these pieces with you, but let’s start with this one first. This solid brass piece was actually found just like you see it. We didn’t have to do any polishing up or anything. All we did was wipe off a few decades of dust and use a bit of elbow grease, and it was shining like it is today.

We’ll deconstruct this piece, make a mold out of every little bit, and re-cast it in bronze and brass again – perhaps also in black iron. The beauty of this piece is just too nice to use a different material. We’ll still offer this with a couple of different finishes, like we do with all bronze pieces because people like the look of various patina. We will also need a handle for it – perhaps we will find it in Ohio or Pennsylvania – as we continue the roadtrip to save America’s past.

Re-making these items is a very tedious and time consuming process, as we don’t want to do any damage to the original. So bear with us, and in about a 8 months to a year, give or take, we’ll have this beauty for sale!

I’m going to go sort through what is left and see what other treasures we’ve discovered for you!


Written by antiqueswriter

September 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm

Protect Your Doors with Push and Pull Plates – Redesigning with Style

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A push plate may seem like a quaint concept that should be relegated to ornate Victorian homes or even just a relic of the past but it actually a useful helper even in the most modern of homes. The push plate in itself is a simple design that can range from a plain rectangular plate to an ornate design (typically a reproduction from an original piece) that protects swing doors from damage over time. A swing door is found in many areas of the home but is most popularly between the kitchen and dining room areas of the home. A swing door allows easy accessibility to both rooms without the need to turn a doorknob and balance a tray of dishes at the same time.

A door can become easily gouged when repeatedly hit with heavy trays and dishes. Small nicks and scrapes may not seem like a major concern at first but over time will become more glaring and unattractive. A door is a relatively expensive item to replace in a home so it is well worth the investment to protect your doors with a simple push plate or push and pull plate set.

A push plate, as stated previously, can range in design and shape. If your swing door is unidirectional the push plate would be installed on the interior of the door and a pull plate will be installed on the other side. A bidirectional door (swings inwards and outwards) will frequently utilize one push plate on either side of the door.

Choosing a high quality push plate is important not only because plated metals can be damaged just as easily as wood under frequent use but because a heavy duty push and pull plate will stand up to normal wear and tear. Solid brass and iron are always great choices because they offer a wide range of beautiful designs as well as durability.

Installing a push plate or pull plate is a relatively simple process and can be done with minimal experience. Push plates are traditionally installed at or near shoulder height (if you are installing replacement push plates and plan on reusing the existing holes measure the spacing between these holes carefully). Most push plates come with the mounting hardware which is two to four wood screws.

Interior door hardware such as push and pull plates is a wonderful way to introduce new designs into the home or enhance existing themes. Choose a style that reflects your unique personality and don’t be afraid to take chances in your decorating style. Search for solid construction and be sure to ask questions. Replacing worn hardware is a wonderful way to enhance the beauty of your home while protecting your doors from needless damage. Shop online at LookInTheAttic & Company for a wide selection of beautiful push and pull plates.

Written by miznomerz

March 15, 2010 at 6:23 pm