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Why Does Brass Door Furniture Tarnish?

February 1, 2014 written by Vicki Bale

Here we look at what causes Brass Door Furniture to tarnish.

Which finish on Door Furniture for use by the Sea?

July 17, 2012 written by Vicki Bale

Salty air can take its toll on all sorts of things especially door furniture. You may also need to consider the finish on window furniture, if windows are to be left open for any length of time. Here we take a look at the finishes we offer and then comment on the suitability of each for a home by the sea!

We are often asked the difference between the above two finishes which we offer on some lines of door furniture and window furniture.
It is quite hard in digital photos to show the difference but basically the nickel finish is shiny silver and chrome is a bit whiter in colour and more mirror like.

Door Furniture – A History Of Brass Polishes

June 10, 2010 written by Martin Foley
Brass Polishes

In 1905, Reckett and Sons senior travelling salesman visited the company’s Australian branch and found a liquid brass polish being sold. This was brought back to the UK and after reformulation by Reckett’s chemists was launched as Brasso. It was a great success, replacing the previous abrasive paste cleaners, and was extensively used in hospitals, hotels and department stores for polishing door furniture, door knobs, door handles, finger plates, letter plates and nameplates.

Iron Door Furniture – Beeswax Finish

April 29, 2010 written by Vicki Bale
Iron T Hinges Penny and Arrowhead

Many customers ask about the difference between the finishes on our black ironmongery. Simply the wax finish is recommended for internal use and the powder coated finish for external use.
The iron door furniture and window furniture treated with beeswax has a most authentic and rustic look. The wax imparts a a subtle matt richness to the metal.

Iron Door Furniture – Powder Coated Finish

April 28, 2010 written by Vicki Bale
Iron Door Handles Monkey tail

Many customers ask about the difference between the finishes on our black ironmongery. Simply the wax finish is recommended for internal use and the powder coated finish for external use.

The powder coating provides an attractive durable corrosion resistant finish. This traditional black finish can last for many years so it is an excellent low maintenance option for exterior ironmongery applications.

About Chrome and Chrome Plate

April 27, 2010 written by Vicki Bale
Art Deco Door Handles in Nickel Plate

On door furniture and window furniture Chrome is an excellent plating and was popular especially during the Art Deco era. We can get many of our brass items plated in chrome to order. It is decorative, highly corrosion resistant, hard and requires little cleaning.

About Nickel and Nickel Plate

April 26, 2010 written by Vicki Bale
Letter Plate in Nickel

Any of our brass door furniture or window furniture can be nickel plated. This gives a striking shiny silver finish to the metal. It’s corrosion resistant properties make nickel an ideal finish for front door furniture and bathroom door furniture and fittings. Not only does it look good, it hardly ever needs cleaning.

Nickel and Chrome Plating – A Brief History

April 23, 2010 written by Vicki Bale

Lots of decorative items were enhanced by plating, you can probably think of many. Jewellery, Cutlery, buttons, bathroom fittings, car and motor cycle parts and light casings, etc. Door Furniture was plated in nickel and later in chrome. The highly polished shiny finishes on door knockers, door knobs, letter plates and escutcheons made bold statements on front doors and required no polishing.

Unlacquered or Lacquered Brass?

April 4, 2010 written by Vicki Bale
Georgian Brass Door Knobs

This is a question we are often asked, so here is an attempt to clarify things.

We have elected to offer only unlacquered brass on our website, this is because we are in the business of traditional brassware. All our brass door furniture and window furniture is just as our forebears produced it, without lacquer!

The Origins of Brass

April 2, 2010 written by Martin Foley
Brass Letter Plate Classic

THE ORIGINS OF BRASS Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc with copper as the major component. Brass varies in colour from a dark reddish brown to a light silvery yellow depending on the amount of zinc in the mixture. It is harder than