The finest stampings require artistry in steel. A detailed stamping uses a die carved from tool steel. The die contains every detail of the stamping: from the largest leaf to the tiniest kernel of wheat. For the very best stampings, a punch must then be carved in steel with every detail reversed, and a few thousandths of an inch smaller to allow for the thickness of the brass. This process - diesinking - requires weeks of painstakingly precise work; it is a trade that has, unfortunately, nearly vanished.
Frank A. Horton, founder of Horton Brasses, was an extraordinary diesinker. As a young man, he crafted dies and punches used in the production of the finest silverware. later in life, he turned his talents to furniture hardware. we owe him our thanks.
Horton Brasses' Hepplewhite drawer pulls reflect such artistry. Each intricate embossed oval-shaped pull is stamped and finished individually and captures English cabinetmaker George Hepplewhite's distinctive style.