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250 years of hardware history. Pieces from Ball & Ball, Craftsman Hardware Company, Horton Brasses and Londonderry Brasses.

A concise chronicle of furniture hardware styles to help you build it better.

One question I am often asked is, “What hardware should I use?” And the answer is usually, “It depends.”

What did you build? Are you refinishing or restoring? Is your work an original or a reproduction?

Whether you’re looking to stick to tradition or break from it, I believe it’s helpful to understand the history behind the hardware – where it’s been and where it started – when selecting knobs and pulls for your pieces.

To provide a little more insight, I’d like to walk through the main historical periods of American furniture brasses. To keep things brief, I won’t get into hardware from other parts of the world (French and German hardware can be quite nice, though). I guess I could explore Shaker hardware, but I just don’t find wood knobs that exciting.


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