Antique and Vintage Hinges
In the 18th and 19th centuries, hinges served two important purposes. First, doors were heavy, so hinges had to be strong enough to support their weight. Strap hinges served this utilitarian purpose very well, but when a door’s design demanded something more, a large rectangular hinge gave metal artisans ample surface for decoration. Strap hinges were frequently attached to doors with thumb latches, the precursors to door knobs. The length...