Sunday, November 8, 2009

New Old Hardware

I think nothing imparts character to a door like cool hardware.
Don't know how old this rat tail closure is but I love it.
Pet Peeve: When screws are not indexed.
These are.
It's all in the details.
I don't believe these hinges are that old,
in fact they are not actual hinges but just 'fronts',
whatever their purpose,
functional or decorative,
I think they fit right in at our 1880s hunting lodge.

This set Jeff installed,
you can see shadow from the "ye olde" spade-ended one that he replaced.
What a difference!
Feels super authentic.

I also like when brass or other metals are not coated,
allows them to obtain a gorgeous patina
that really adds character and a sense of history.

My brother made this beautiful door about two years ago.
I have been looking for the perfect antique hardware every time I go to a junk store, flea market, thrift shop..., but have come up empty handed.

I just found this place online
I believe my husband and I drove past it this weekend not even knowing of it's existence.
Drove up to Freeport to
look for some kids' coats for Operation Santa.

Might be well worth a trip back to Kennebunk!
Any excuse to visit my favorite state.


Purple Flowers said...

If you haven't tried flea markets, etc., look at
It's a great store and catalog (if you don't already know about it).
Good Luck! :)

Gaston Studio said...

I too love grand old hardware. Have you tried a restoration company? They usually have a variety albeit expensive. But that door deserves expensive!

Willoughby said...

I love old hardware, myself. I even have a few antique doorknobs that I display as art.

When we were fixing up our house, we had to replace most of the doors because they were in such bad shape. I told everyone who was working with us not to throw out one specific door because I wanted to remove the gorgeous tortoise shell knob. Wouldn't you know, my dad forgot and tossed it into the dumpster just as the truck was hauling it away.