You’ll find Horton finishing to be exceptional. We start with solid brass for all our hardware (except the hand-forged iron). Our brass finishes are hand-done with a dip process for deep luster. We never use spray finishes, as they don’t provide the depth and life of a dipped finish.See how we create our antique brass finish in our video:
Bright and semi-bright finishes are created by hand-buffing each piece by the order. Our bright brass is spectacular and polished to a jewelry-like shine. Each piece gleams. Or you may prefer semi-bright, with its smooth satin finish. I feel that no one can compete with us on finishing. Our professional woodworking customers tell us it’s true. If you have any questions about our finishes, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Want your finish a little lighter, darker, more shine, less shine? Professional lacquering? How about custom nickel, copper or even silver or gold plating on brass hardware? We can oblige, just put your request in the comments during your checkout. We can also re-color your brass hardware to our finishes, or send a sample and we’ll do our best to match it. Because we do all our finishing right here, we can control the finishing process. We’re fast too—we usually ship custom colored orders the next day. Custom plating is an additional charge. The lead time is about 3 weeks. I’ll bet you won't find that service anywhere else.
Antique finish (A): Antique is our most popular finish. The color of antique brass can vary, and we hope our photography shows the variety of hues well. Antique is a soft, brown finish, with the patina of antique brass. It can be lightened with brass polish, or buffed off completely. It is not lacquered and is an extremely versatile finish.
Light Antique finish (LA): Our newest finish. Light Antique is lighter than our regular Antique but not so bright as to look new. The beautiful gold color shines through the soft antique brown.
Dark Antique finish (DA): Often called “oil rubbed bronze,” this is a dark, nearly black finish. Daily usage and time will change an unlacquered finish, and handling will deepen and add a depth to the hue. A piece of Dark Antique hardware that is used frequently develops light highlights over time.
Semi-Bright finish (SB): Semi-bright brass has a smooth, satin look—golden but with a subdued sheen. The final step in achieving our semi-bright finish is to burnish the brass with steel brushes as fine as human hair. Semi-bright is not lacquered, and will age nicely.
Bright finish (B): Sometimes called “polished brass,” our Bright finish is hand-polished to a mirror-like, brilliant shine. Each piece is individually buffed immediately prior to shipment. With the exception of a few items, the Bright finish is not lacquered, and will tone down with the passage of time. In most cases, there is a 20% additional charge for Bright, and because it’s a labor charge, it is not refundable.
Polished Nickel finish (PN): Brilliantly shiny, with a silvery, mirror-like surface. Polished Nickel is very compatible with stainless steel or chrome fixtures. All Polished Nickel hardware is made from solid brass. Hardware is polished and then nickel is applied over the brass to achieve its characteristic high gleam.
Satin Nickel finish (SN): A silvery finish with a soft, satin sheen. Kitchens with stainless steel appliances need complimentary hardware and Satin Nickel is the perfect choice. Solid brass hardware is brushed to a soft sheen and then nickel is applied in layers as a top coat. The soft silver lustre is gorgeous and pleasing to the eye.
Sustainability. We choose our packing materials with the planet in mind. We use popcorn and newspaper. The popcorn, made from cornstarch, is a harmless alternative to Styrofoam. It is completely biodegradable and dissolves in water. The newspaper we use represents the ultimate recycling. Our employees bring it in and we reuse it!
Steve McGrath is the maintenance man. Being a maintenance person at Horton Brasses means you do it all, from janitorial jobs, to repairing machinery, to weeding flower gardens on sunny days.
Horton Brasses produces more than 1,000 different pieces of authentic reproduction furniture and cabinet hardware at our factory in Connecticut. We use brass, iron, and various hardwoods to make knobs, drawer pulls, hinges, shelf pegs, bed bolts, casters, hooks and even clock finials!
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Horton Brasses Inc., 49 Nooks Hill Road, Cromwell CT 06416, 800-754-9127