Finding Specialty Hinges for Restoring Antique Furniture

For many antique and reproduction furniture projects, certain pieces of hardware, be it knobs, handles, pulls, or locks, can be found with a moderate search. But other pieces, because of their unique size, shape, or period design, require specific hardware. Such hardware end up being difficult, if not impossible to find.

In these cases, what are your options? Opting for hardware that doesn’t quite fit, either in size or period detail, gives the furniture or piece an anachronistic look. For showing the amount of detail and time you’ve put into restoration or creation, there’s specialty hinges from Horton Brasses.

Specialty hinges cover a variety of hard-to-find shapes and operations, are designed for interior and exterior placement, and are crafted from flat sheets and then machined and forged for greater details. Some of these hard-to-find options include:

H hinges are specifically made for flush-mounted doors and are considered the easiest to install on such fixtures.

Clock and box hinges are characterized by a smaller size. The former is particularly crucial when an antique clock is being restored. Both feature brass plates mortised at the top and bottom, and are held in place by thicker pins.

Drop leaf hinges are made for tables with such a format. The durable design allows for regular and reliable drop leaf usage.

Desk hinges are an additional drop leaf option for desks and secretaries. Each is mounted barrel up, and the leaves are flush with the surface of the wood.

Butler tray and card table hinges provide the right amount of support these two pieces of furniture need. The hinges fold out and stay in place at a 90-degree angle and remain flat. A spring-loaded mechanism assists with keeping the hardware locked in place. In the past, such hinges were exclusively for furniture but are now common on computer drawers.