By Fred Taylor When you read the catalog for an auction that will be presenting some genuine antique furniture, it’s always interesting to read the descriptions. And it doesn’t have to be a 200-year-old antique chest for the hardware to make a difference. Since changing or altering hardware is one of the quickest and cheapest ways of improving the look of an otherwise-bland piece, the pulls are always suspect, especially if they look really good.Some of the most alluring will describe a piece of furniture as having “original finish” or “original brasses.” That’s a real selling point when looking at a chest of drawers that might be 200 years old and think that those brass pulls have been there undisturbed for that whole time. It could be a pretty nice Colonial Revival chest or desk or dresser, in excellent condition, that catches your fancy. Early 18th century hardware was cast from molten brass using molds made of sand.There, about 150 brass, iron and combination brass and iron beds are stacked willy-nilly, all waiting to be redone to order. Most of the beds are American, but we get a French or English one occasionally. Thursday through Saturday - Show and sale of antiques sponsored by the College Club of Ridgewood, Benjamin Franklin Junior High School, East Glen and North Van Dien Avenues, Ridgewood.
The footboard, of equal height, bulged in an outward curve.
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And by 1780, rolled brass sheets were available so that each piece of hardware could be cut or stamped rather than having to be cast.
This greatly reduced the cost and increased the availability and uniformity of late 18th century drawer pulls and escutcheons.
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