Historic hardware is a character-defining feature!
The hardware used in a historic house always reflects the time in which it was created. In early houses it might be hand-forged iron, elaborate cast bronze or brass in Victorian houses, nickel-plated early 20th century, or polished aluminum in a Mid-Century Modern house. Whatever it is, it is probably repairable (unlike most modern hardware) and should be preserved.
There are antique hardware dealers and restorers, many of whom will do work by mail.
This gorgeous pocket door hardware in the Aesthetic Movement (aka Eastlake) style is located in the Hench House in York, PA. Now known as the Lady Linden bed and breakfast. Its restorer, Jim Leaman, spent several years hunting on Ebay and other sources for matching hardware to replace missing pieces in the house. Photo by David Clough.
Hench House is one of 13 Featured Houses photographed by David Clough for “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”
Placed between the how-to chapters, they range in date from c. 1760 to 1957 and geographically from Maine to New Mexico.
Hardware is covered in Chapter 17 of the 720 page award-winning and best-selling hardcover book. It is available in bookstores nationwide and from online retailers.
Signed copies are only available directly from the author in our shop, https://yourhistorichouse.com/shop/.
Your local bookstore can order copies from W.W. Norton.
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