American Historic Hardware

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(607) 547-1900
73 Elm Street, Cooperstown, NY 13326

Formally the Wm. J. Rigby Co., AMERICAN HISTORIC HARDWARE still has Bill and all his great UNUSED ORIGINAL stock builder's hardware from the great American manufacturers. We've expanded the collection and now carry many things from the marvelous to the mundane. Most of it unused from old hardware stores, cleaned, researched and ready to go plus items from over 40 years of collecting. NO REPRODUCTIONS. Extensive inventory is online.

Bill Rigby has over 50 years of experience in the restoration field having restored over half a dozen historic homes as well as automobiles and an 80′ long private railway car. He has seen what happens when old houses are poorly retrofitted with modern equivalents of old hardware.

We sell only original builders’ hardware made between 1860 and 1960.

We specialize in hardware from the great American manufacturers such as Yale, P. & F. Corbin, Russell & Erwin, Sargent and Reading just to mention a few.

We speak hardware. Even if you don’t know your astragal strip from your elbow catch we can help you find what you need.