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History of Sash Windows

February 18, 2015 written by Vicki Bale
Georgian Sash Windows

Sash windows were a real revolution in architecture. They transformed the look of houses from the outside and inside. They remained popular from the end of the 17th century to the 20th century.

History of Window Shutters and Shutter Fittings

January 22, 2015 written by Vicki Bale

Window shutters have been a common and vital feature in our historic homes and properties. Shutter fittings are hard to find these days, but if you need to replace some in your period property we can help.

Period Door Furniture – Making The Right Selection

April 1, 2014 written by Vicki Bale
Oak Door with Iron T-Hinges

If you are renovating a period property it is really important to give time and consideration to the smaller decorative details as they make all the difference. Here we take a look at selecting door furniture for a period property.

Classic Door Knob Shapes – Bun

March 7, 2014 written by Vicki Bale
Wooden Door Knobs Ebony Bun Nickel Backs

Some things are just design classics that have been popular over many years. Here we look at the classic door knob shape – the Bun (also known as Cushion or Mushroom).

T-Hinges for Traditional Doors

February 18, 2014 written by Vicki Bale
Oak Door With Iron T-Hinges

If you have planked doors (also known as cottage doors, ledged and braced doors, ledged and boarded doors) where you have vertical planks on one side and three or four horizontal ledges on the back, then you need suitable hinges. In this posting we look at hand forged T-Hinges.

Georgian Doors and Door Furniture

July 26, 2013 written by Vicki Bale
Georgian Centre Door Knob

An article which covers doors and door furniture during the Georgian Era. The correct finishes styles and layouts most suited to that period. If you have a door from that time and are looking for door furniture – read on!

Listed Property Owners Club

April 20, 2013 written by Vicki Bale
Listed Property Owners Club

The Listed Property Owners Club is an excellent organisation for owners of listed properties and is also ideal for anyone doing up an old property. Lots of advice and help to steer you through your renovation. It is very reasonable too for the array services you get.

Glass Door Knobs – History

August 18, 2010 written by Vicki Bale
Glass Door Knobs Clear Side view

Glass door knobs to the best of our knowledge, were at their most popular in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s during the height of Art Nouveau period. In the Art Deco period which followed, door knobs were more popular in brass, nickel and chrome. Most antique glass door knobs are clear, coloured glass was used but less frequently, Blue, Green, Amber and Black were the most prevalent.

Art Deco Letter Plate Brass

We can now offer a complete set of Art Deco Door Furniture for your front door.

Our new arrivals are a letter plate, door knocker, cylinder pull and a bell push. These combine with our popular established lines the Art Deco Door Knobs and Art Deco Door Handles and escutcheon and we have a centre pull coming soon. The Art Deco front door is complete!

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.

Art Deco Design of the 1920’s and 30’s

June 2, 2010 written by Vicki Bale
Nickel Art Deco Door Handles

Art Deco was an international design movement which flourished through the 20’s and 30’s and applied to architecture and consumer products.
The style was popularised by the Paris exhibition of 1925. It caught on after World War 1 and reigned until the onset of World War 2. Influences included Cubism with its zig zags and geometricals, Ancient Egypt following the discovery of Tutankhamun by Howard Carter and Lord Carnaervon in 1922 and Aztec and Mayan Art from South America and Mexico.

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.

About Old Oak and Elm Flooring

April 15, 2010 written by Vicki Bale
Reclaimed Elm Floorboards

Oak is the finest building timber, an incredible natural material and was used for flooring from the 16th century. Early floorboards were sawn in a pit by hand, by two men and as a result there was little regard for standardisation. Floors were of random widths and depths, with joists packed as required to make the floor surface flat.

A History of Finger Plates

April 8, 2010 written by Vicki Bale
Ceramic Finger Plates in 4 colours

Finger Plates appeared on most doors between 1850 and 1950. They were originally introduced to protect doors from finger marks but soon became an important part of the door furniture. They were made in a wide variety of materials and in designs from very plain to highly decorative.

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!