Dating old furniture


With cast iron or black antique hardware I suggest a dab of black paint on the screw heads for a more pleasing appearance. Brass & bronze are soft metals that are easily scratched and cast iron has no flex and will snap just like a piece of glass.That's where all the broken cast iron hinges come from! Stand on the side of the door where you can see the barrel of the hinges.Some are quite attractive but I believe that it's worth the effort to use all antique components.And we all know that nothing is easy in restoring old houses!A rim lock is the easiest lock to install - bar none!It is also very forgiving with old houses settling as they frequently do.

A mortise latch does not have a locking function and is much smaller and easier to install.

I'll be happy to do this for you if you let me know whether your lock should be for a right or left hand door.

is mortised (inset) into the door stile and only the faceplate is visible on the edge of the door.

A rim lock is mounted on the face or surface of the door.

A rim lock is also referred to as a box lock because the box (or body) of the lock is seen mounted on the door.

If there are no holes cut in the door it would be the same as with an antique door.

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