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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.
Casement Window:
 
A window that is hinged at the side and opens outward.
Cast:
 
Process where molten brass, iron or other metals are poured and formed in molds often made of sand. The products made in this manner are often thick and heavy.
Caster:
 
A fixed or offset pivoting wheel that is attached to the leg of a piece of furniture,
allowing it to be rolled.
Chandelier
 
 A hanging ceiling fixture that has multiple arms or lights
Close Mount Light Fixture
 
A fixture of one or more lights, whose sockets are suspended a short distance form the ceiling pan or canopy via a chain or rod arm
Collar:
 
Raised portion of a door knob escutcheon in which the door knob seats.
Corbel:
 
A decorative or weight-bearing bracket that projects from a wall and supports a shelf, roof or other overhang.
Cornice:
 
A horizontal molded projection that crowns or completes a building or wall.
Cremone Bolt
 
A surface mounted door bolt operated by a knob or lever which locks into the door frame at the top and the bottom and spans the door surface.
Decora:
 
Another name for a GFI outlet.
Dentils:
 
One of a series of small rectangular blocks projecting like teeth from a molding or beneath a cornice.
Door Buzzer Button:
 
A decorative accent used to replace the button which operates an existing electric doorbell. The buzzer button alone does not make sounds it must be wired to a buzzer and transformer.
Door Set:
 
A set of parts for one door including door handles and back plates and depending upon the function (passage, privacy or dummy) may also include a latch, lock, strike plate and/or dummy spindles.
Double Cylinder:
 
Keyed cylinders on the inside and outside of an entry door that operate a deadbolt. This is commonly used on entry doors with glass in them.
Double Hung:
 
Double hung windows have top and bottom sashes that slide up and down to open or close.
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