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Pacific mortise lock door set by House of Antique Hardware.

The Art + Craft of Hardware

by Patricia Poore on September 18, 2014

in Art + Craft,Lighting & Hardware

ABOVE: Pacific mortise lock door set by House of Antique Hardware.

See editors’ picks of unique and historical hardware items and metal accessories—and then check out the online catalogs of the companies that make them.

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Acorn Manufacturing

Acorn Manufacturing

ROSES IN THE SQUARE In a motif reminiscent of the Mackintosh Rose, these ceramic knobs and pulls are available in large and small sizes. The large ceramic pull ($24.99) measures 3 ½" on center. The large knob ($14.99) is 1 ¾" in diameter. Acorn Manufacturing, (800) 835-0121, acornmfg.com


Coastal Bronze

Coastal Bronze

BRONZE AT THE GATE Just introduced, the bronze Euro drop-bar lever with flat strike will never rust, even in extreme weather conditions. As it ages, the gate latch will gain a green-tinged patina. With front and back plates, the set retails for $435. From Coastal Bronze, (877) 227-6603, coastalbronze.com


Craftsmem Hardware

Craftsmem Hardware

HERALDIC DOOR The Pickett escutcheon lends a touch of nobility to an Arts & Crafts or Tudor Revival door. The interior set is available in passage or privacy, and measures 2 ½" by 10". It retails for $247.50. Latches are sold separately. Contact Craftsmen Hardware, (660) 376-2481, craftsmenhardware.com


Crown City Hardware

Crown City Hardware

CUSP AND ARCH The Stratford series’ Gothic arch shape and many cusp variations bear a striking resemblance to a medieval cathedral door. These artisan-quality pieces are sold as a passage set (two knobs and two plates) are made to order. From Crown City Hardware, (800) 950-1047, restoration.com


FMG Design

FMG Design

BUFFALO HOME Hand-hammered using classic repoussé techniques, the buffalo mailbox would look superb on a Prairie-style house—or anywhere else, for that matter. In copper, the custom mailbox is $500 from FMG Design, (773) 761-2957, fmgdesigns.com


Historic Housefitters

Historic Housefitters

ANCIENT IRON With its slightly irregular ring and dot-and-cross detailing, the Norwich door knocker reflects the kind of medieval craftsmanship revered by the Arts & Crafts masters. The hand-forged iron knocker measures 6" high x 4" wide. It retails for $64.75. Contact Historic Housefitters, (800) 247-4111, historichousefitters.com


House of Antique Hardware

House of Antique Hardware

KEY TO THE PERIOD Made from solid copper, each part of the Pacific mortise lock door set is individually hammered by hand, including the skeleton key. The complete set retails for $388.90 from House of Antique Hardware, (888) 223-2545, hoah.biz


Joel Sanderson

Joel Sanderson

RIVET AND MORTISE These hand-forged andirons were inspired by the visible connections in the timber-frame home for which they were custom-made. (The ginkgo leaf motif comes from a tree in the yard.) A similar pair would cost $1600. From blacksmith Joel Sanderson, (517) 639-5635, sandersoniron.com


Notting Hill Decorative Hardware

Notting Hill Decorative Hardware

DRAGONFLY SUITE Hand-cast in solid pewter by Wisconsin artists, the Dragonfly knob, pull, and hinge plate come in antique copper (shown) and antique pewter finishes. The 4" pull is $36. The 1¾" knob is $26. The 2½" x 1½" hinge plate sells for $19. By Notting Hill Decorative Hardware, (262) 248-8890, nottinghill-usa.com

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