Dating antiques

Many collectors that specialize in a specific type or era of antiques generally only recognize the most well known of the maker's marks, along with the marks of pieces they have a special interest in collecting.

The same is true for antique dealers, auctioneers and pickers.

With the vast number of identification marks, it is virtually impossible to recognize all of the different manufacturers of one specific category, such as English porcelain.

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.

However, today there are many excellent suppliers of high quality reproduction hardware pieces where each item is accurately crafted in every detail as they were in earlier times. provides an extensive selection of antique furniture restoration and reproduction hardware and fittings.

Their restoration hardware is hand crafted using the Lost Wax method of casting.These exquisite pieces are made in old brass and are completely accurate in every detail including a patina that is 200 years old.Their reproduction hardware is offered in antique or polished brass.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.Horton Brasses offers a vast selection of more than 1000 pieces of brass and iron reproduction hardware for antique furniture and cabinets.

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