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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

Suffolk Latches – A History

April 1, 2010 written by Martin Foley

SUFFOLK LATCHES – A HISTORY Little is known about William Twopeny (1797-1873) other than a fine body of his work bound in 13 folios which are drawings of architecture, furniture, woodwork and ironwork accumulated during his travels within the UK. The drawings are executed with

Escutcheons – How Did They Get Their Name?

March 31, 2010 written by Martin Foley

ESCUTCHEONS – HOW DID THEY GET THEIR NAME? How did key hole covers get their name? Well, firstly, you have to admit that “escutcheon” has a rather more elegant ring to it than “key hole cover”. Escutcheon is an old French word derived from the

Panelled Doors

March 27, 2010 written by Vicki Bale

ABOUT PANELLED DOORS Panelled doors have been around at least since Roman times. The Pantheon in Rome, one of the world’s oldest buildings, is still in daily use and its panelled doors date to 125AD, the era of Hadrian. Panelled doors are strong as well