Dating antiques hinges
There are several types of businesses that carry, and often specialize in, original hardware for antique furniture.
These include architectural artifact companies, antique hardware shops and some antique stores.
The following are several of these suppliers that have a brick and mortar location as well as an online presence.
In the past, finding original hardware for antique furniture has often been challenging and frustrating experience.
In the Federal era, the bails entered the post from the outside so that they surrounded the posts. The Empire period certainly had decorative hardware but that was the end of it for nearly half a century.
The Late Classicism style of the 1830s and 1840s used almost no brass hardware and Rococo Revival and Renaissance Revival used very little.
It was only in the Eastlake period in the 1880s that brass hardware became important again.
Although many pieces of antique furniture have survived through the centuries, unfortunately a great number of them are missing some or all of their original hardware.
Sometimes a collector may come across a lovely piece that appears to have all of its drawer pulls, hinges, keyhole escutcheons or other hardware intact.
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It is important for those interested in antique furniture to be aware of the types and styles of hardware used on a specific piece including the material and design.