Whether restoring a worn down Victorian or sprucing up a Craftsman bungalow for re-sale, it is good to know where to look to find historic hardware to add that extra level of authenticity to your project. You might know of a local architectural salvage store where you might be able to score some good material, which is always a fun & interesting shopping trip. However, there are also lots of companies that specialize in selling historic hardware online — both authentic antiques and true reproductions. Here are a couple of websites for you to bookmark, or pass along to your clients:
www.HistoricHomeHardware.com – The owner of this company sells “authentic” and “vintage” hardware ranging from the 1880s to the 1950s. Does not sell reproduction pieces. Included in the inventory are antique hinges, door hardware, doorbells, window hardware, electrical switch plates & fixtures, drawer pulls, latches, and lots of other stuff. Click here to visit.
www.HouseOfAntiqueHardware.com – This well advertised company sells reproduction hardware. They do not carry much in the way of vintage antique items (just a handful), but they offer an extensive array of beautiful reproduction & “antique-by-hand” hardware items. Obviously, they carry the same type of items as the above website, plus other items such as floor registers, shelf brackets, and bathroom accents. Check this website out here.
There are lots of other websites out there, and you could easily spend an entire afternoon browsing them if you are a diehard antique hardware afficianado. You’ll find that the companies vary greatly in their specialties, prices, number of products, and the level of authenticity, so be sure to browse around for awhile. You can check out some of the other popular websites here: www.AntiqueHardware.com, www.Antique-Hardware.com, www.RobinsonsAntiques.com, Liz’s Antique Hardware (see pic, left – wow!), and lots of others. Or just Google “antique hardware,” “historic hardware,” or other similar keywords and enjoy the myriad options!