From doors to cabinets to furniture, knobs are versatile and essential reproduction hardware. A significant aspect of restoring antique or creating reproduction furniture is the appearance: replicating the style of yesteryear as accurately as possible. Modern hardware, including knobs, simply does not have the elegance and details added decades in the past.
Horton Brasses creates our knobs with trusted and dependable techniques and antique hardware. The methods implemented by early American craftsman remain in use in our Cromwell, Conn. factory, including antique dies and patterns. The result is a set of antique-style brass or iron knobs that replicate the ornate style and elegance of the past but are strengthened with the materials of the present. Authenticity is paramount, and we make no compromises when creating reproduction knobs, handles, and pulls.
Styles, furniture, and uses vary for knobs, and Horton Brasses addresses all such needs in our selection. First, we consider furniture and areas of the home. Our classic brass kitchen knobs, available in several sizes and hand-applied finishes, are the most versatile and elegant and are perfect for doors, cabinets, and many other uses. Other furniture and areas, on the other hand, require specialized knobs. Mushroom-shaped, our desk knobs are the finishing touch to antique desks and secretaries, while clock knobs are the right size for antique clocks and glass desks or cabinets. Spool cabinet knobs, originally designed for department store thread cabinets, have a distinct look, while cupboard knobs always provide a reliable grip in the kitchen.
Some knobs are gripped, and other pulled, but all must be comfortable on the hands. For the right feel, our knobs are cast in various shapes. Round, with a perfect ball that fits in the palm of the hand, are common for doors, but on a smaller scale, a mushroom shape makes a better pull. Oval brings together the two, with a surface that's as comfortable to grip or pull as it is to hold.
In replicating the original period look, style is essential. Our knobs, as a result, cover a great range of period architectures, decors, and furniture designs, from simply and elegant to elaborate and ornate. On the simple end are wooden Shaker knobs; rounded or mushroom-shaped, these wood knobs just need to be finished and can blend in with kitchen cabinets and other areas of the home. Sheraton, Empire, Arts and Crafts, and Victorian styles, on the other hand, take detail to a new level; choose the most accurate 18th or 19th century style for your furniture.
Brass is the primary material for our knobs, but not all. For strength or a distinct period look, consider our pewter, wood, or iron options.
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