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The world of vintage hardware and antique restoration is resplendant with confusing terminology. Fill yourself in on the important terms and concepts here.
Spindle:
 
The square, often threaded rod to which a door knob or lever attaches.
Square Nails:
 
Old style iron nails which have four sides and are used for many things including flooring.
Stamped:
 
Process of forming brass or other metals by using a thin sheet and pressing or stamping it into a mold. Stamped is the same as pressed or wrought and is thin compared with forged or cast items.
Strap Hinge:
 
A long surface mounted hinge used on doors and shutters.
Strike Plate:
 
The plate with cutouts that attaches to the door jamb into which the latch and dead bolt are trapped to either lock or latch a door.
Surface Bolt:
 
A bolt usually brass or iron which is mounted to the door or window surface and locks into a strike plate on the door jamb or window frame to hold the door or window closed.
Surface Hinge:
 
Also called flush or full surface, a surface hinge is one which is mounted to the face of the door and door frame so that the entire hinge is visible when the door is closed.
Surface Strike:
 
For a pair of double casement windows that open in or out, a surface strike is used.
Swinging Door Hinge:
 
A floor mounted hinge with spring tension that allows a door to swing in or out of a room and return to the closed position when let go. Also called double acting floor hinge or pivoting door assembly.
Thumblatch:
 
Usually refers to an entry door set which has lever above the handle which when depressed by the thumb unlatches the door.
Thumbturn:
 
Also called turnkey, is usually an oval or crescent shaped knob which is turned to operate the dead bolt of a privacy or entry mortise lock. Thumbturns can be mounted on a door knob backplate in place of a keyhole or can be separate pieces with their own small trim plate.
Toe Cap:
 
A decorative piece, usually brass, that is attached to the bottom of a table leg or the leg of a standing cabinet.
Toggle Switch Plate:
 
Metal cover plate with a small rectangular cutout which is designed for modern light switches that toggle up and down for on/off.
Transom:
 
A horizontal crosspiece over a door or between a door and a window above it.
Transom Operator:
 
A hardware apparatus that is affixed to the wall and allows a transom window to be opened without using a hook and pole.
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