Sunday, June 8, 2014

Push Plates-Making Original Features

Some of our neighbors have beautiful wooden doors with the original 1920's hardware.  Our doors are painted, but do have the original locks and knobs.  I was perusing gumtree and came across this...

At £10 a door, we considered buying all the doors and replacing ours.  But, we've learned the hard way that after 90 years, the doors aren't so easily interchanged.  Plus, we just had all our doors retrofit to meet building regs, so we didn't buy the doors.

However, I did contact the seller and asked about the hardware.  He was willing to sell, so  I went to take a look.  Unfortunately, the brass knobs were modern.  But the brass push plates were the real deal.  I picked up all the seller had (five) for £10.  They are so ornate and lovely!

The plates were quite tarnished, and it took at least an hour per plate to bring back the shine.  Plenty of time to get to know all the details.

Now our doors have some original (to the neighborhood) push plates.

Push plates are so pretty!

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