Selecting a Finish for Reproduction or Antique-Style Hardware

Reproduction Hardware FinishesAs you restore antique furniture or create your own reproduction piece, you’ll come to realize that the hardware interacts with the wood and finish. The shine or matte look attractively blends into or plays off the darker, natural tones – or can be uncomfortably jarring. Added to construction, reproduction, or restoration is the period in time, and how faithful – or anachronistic – a particular finish is.

Horton Brasses prides itself on creating all reproduction and antique-style hardware by hand. Our careful craftsmanship extends throughout the entire process, even to the finish. With the exception of our hand-forged iron pieces, our hardware begins with solid brass, and the finish is hand applied. A dip process, as opposed to spraying, creates a deep, long-lasting luster.

To match the character of the wood or to capture the look of the period, antique-style hardware is produced with the following options:

Antique. Horton Brasses’ most popular, an antique finish creates a soft brown patina that’s rather versatile with a great range of period styles. An antique finish, as well, can be buffed or lightened.

Light Antique. A variation on Horton Brasses’ popular antique finish, Light Antique is a newer option, blending a subtle gold shade with the classic option’s softer brown.

Dark Antique. Also called “oil-rubbed bronze,” Dark Antique gives brass hardware an added dimension of depth, creating a nearly-black patina. Time and regular usage compound to the depth and darker character.

Semi-Bright. Bright yet smooth, this finish is a light gold created by burnishing the brass with very fine steel brushes. Hand-buffing further adds to the quality.

Bright. Polished until it shines, a Bright finish is also called “polished brass.” Either way, the hardware is polished until a mirror-like quality is achieved. Hand-buffing is additionally incorporated into the process.

Polished Nickel. A silvery brilliance characterizes Polished Nickel. But the brightness is not overpowering, allowing this hardware to play off and work with stainless steel or chrome hardware.

Satin Nickel. A subdued variety to its polished counterpart, Satin Nickel is silvery yet soft, making it an ideal choice for use in the kitchen.