You can restore old hardware easily and put them back into service with just a little elbow grease. Any house built before may contain lead paint so take extra precaution when disturbing painted surfaces, especially around windows and doors. Keep children and pets away from the room, and wear a N or P mask to prevent inhaling any lead paint. Make sure to clean up thoroughly with a wet cloth and a vacuum to make sure there are no remaining paint chips or dust. Using your flat head screw driver, carefully scrape any paint from the screw head and groove. I like to add a little Liquid Wrench or WD to coax the particularly troublesome screws out.
Knowing how to date antique furniture hardware can help you learn about the age and history of the antique furniture you collect. Hardware styles and manufacturing methods have changed over the years, and furniture hardware is packed with clues if you know how to look. Examine each piece of antique hardware on your furniture to uncover hints about its age. Take a moment to look at the screws attaching the hardware to the furniture or holding the furniture together. Is the slot on the top of the screw centered? Is the head of the screw centered?
Posted on January 15, 28 Comments. We see a lot of glass door knobs here at the Hippo Hardware. Not only in terms of style, but age as well. Glass doorknobs were produced widely for over 50 years!
Every house has doors, and every door has some sort of hardware that enables the user to open or secure it. The device seen on most new houses is the doorknob, but in old houses that might date back to the 18th century, knobs are far from universal. In fact, in old houses of any era or style, latch or lever hardware may be far more common.