Character-Defining Hardware

Historic hardware is a character-defining feature! The hardware used in a historic house always reflects the time in which it was created. It might be hand-forged iron in early houses, elaborate cast brass in Victorian houses, or polished aluminum in a Mid-Century Modern house. Whatever it is, it is probably repairable (unlike modern hardware) and should be preserved. There are antique hardware dealers and restorers, many of whom will do work by mail.

Architectural salvage shops typically stock lots of historic hardware. Online auction sites can also be a great source to find what you need. The doorbell pull pictured here (and associated doorbell) is currently for sale on eBay (I am not the seller): http://ow.ly/K6GU50Acout

Hardware is covered in Chapter 17 of Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners. The 720-page best-selling hardcover book is available in bookstores and from online retailers (it is currently 34% off on Amazon! http://ow.ly/XslP50Acouu).

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Bookstores can order copies from W.W. Norton.

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