Character-defining Historic Hardware

Photo by David Clough.

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, 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.

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.

Hench House is one of 13 Featured Houses photographed by David Clough for “Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners.”

Hardware is covered in Chapter 17 of the book. Signed and personalized copies of the award-winning and bestselling 720-page hardcover book are available from the author in our shop, YourHistoricHouse.com/shop/.

Our shop also carries select preservation and restoration titles by other authors. Save on cost and shipping with our multi-book combo packs!

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