Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Gooseneck Hardware

Obtaining authentic looking hardware is one of most important steps of reproducing a piece of 18th century furniture.  Without correct hardware, the piece will always look off, no matter how careful you are in the making / finishing / aging process.  

Authentic hardware isn't cheap but it is readily available.  Just don't go to the local borg and expect to find it. I have used hardware from both Horton Brasses and Londonderry Brasses in my work and can vouch for the excellence of both suppliers.  Horton seems to have a wider selection of general hardware for a wide range of furniture styles, while Londonderry seems to focus on having more options within a narrower time period. 

Now, for examples. The hardware for my Taunton Chest came from Horton. The drop pull (H-24 in light antique for those playing along) was the perfect size. 

The hardware is prettier than my painting but I'm getting better all the time...

The hardware for my spice chest was tough to find. Nancy at Londonderry pulled out all the stops and found me the perfect small drawer pulls. Expensive but worth every penny.

Perfect scale
My gooseneck requires some fairly simple hardware. A pair of appropriate hinges (i.e. hinges that don't look machine made) and a simple hook and eye for the door. This piece is a little unique in that it hinges on the left and opens from the right, exactly the opposite of most clock hoods. But I called Nancy and she took care of my hardware needs in style.

About $50 worth of Londonderry

A beautiful pair of uneven, handmade-looking clock hood hinges, flat head screws for said hinges, and a rather delicate little hook and eye to hold the door closed. The hinges will have to be swaged, the points of the screws will be cut off and I will dry brush green pigment into the hardware to simulate patinated brass. I would love to find a source of period-correct offset slot flathead screws but have been unable to do so thus far. I'm not a metal worker so making them is a little beyond me at the moment.

Lovely period-correct craftsmanship on hinge H26.

Neat little hook for holding the door closed.  Hook HL9 and eye HL12 

Beautiful stuff, as you can see. I can't wait to install these into my cabinet. This quality of hardware will really raise your work to the next level. I encourage all of you who make period furniture to check out Londonderry.

If you have a favorite period hardware supplier, let me know in the comments section. 



6 comments:

  1. I have used Londondary Brasses and was very happy with their hardware

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    1. I'm glad they served you well, Joe. What type of woodwork do you do?

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  2. For years I made "Shaker inspired" pieces, then anout 4 years ago I came across the SAPFM and have been making more period style .....Queen Anne, Chippendale etc. lately I've been eyeing some English George I and II pieces to make...(Just don't tell SAPFM)

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    1. Your secret is safe with me... Ha! Although I don't think SAPFM discriminates against English furniture. It sounds like your tastes have evolved (I would say improved!) as you get more exposure to other styles. Good for you. Would love to see some of your work sometime.

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    2. Zach, I sent some pictures

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    3. Beautiful stuff! I just responded to your email.

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