Editors’ Picks: Historic Hardware

Discover the importance of period-appropriate hardware in your home as our editors highlight classic articles.

Reproduction egg & dart entry set.

The celebrated mid-century architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe famously opined that “God is in the details”—and when it comes to selecting hardware for your home, we couldn’t agree more. It may seem like a small component of your project, but hardware has the ability to make or break a restoration: Choose hardware that’s improperly suited to the period of your house, and your rooms will always seem just a little bit “off.” Fortunately, we’ve got resources that can help—check out these stories on era-appropriate hardware.

Vintage door knob.

Guide to Period Hardware: As clothing fashions change with the times, so too does architectural hardware. Here’s a look at America’s styles through the centuries.

Knobs, Latches, and Levers: Getting a handle on historic hardware styles.

How to Clean Antique Hardware: Learn how to spruce up antique doorknobs while maintaining their patina.

A gentle cleaning is key to keeping antique hardware looking its best. 

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How to Buy Reproduction Hardware: What makes one brand of door hardware better than another—especially if they’re all but identical in style?   

Unlocking Victorian Door Hardware: If you need to replace the doorknobs in your Victorian-era house, some background on decorative trends of the time can help you sort through antiques and reproductions.

Hand Forged and Foundry Cast: The forms of reproduction hardware may look familiar, but the techniques used to make these pieces have changed dramatically.


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By Old House Journal

Founded in 1973, Old House Journal is the original authority when it comes to old-house restoration, traditional house styles, period kitchens, bath & kitchen restoration, DIY projects, gardens & landscaping, and more-- from Colonial and Victorian through Arts & Crafts and Mid-century Modern homes. 

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