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Hardware & Lighting Inspired by the American Federal Era

Defined by a plain-spoken elegance, the Philadelphia Collection recalls the hand-crafted hardware and lighting of the Federal era (circa 1780-1820). While the homes of the age displayed stately symmetry and understated classical details, most door fittings, light fixtures, and other hardware items were purposely simple in form and material. The work of blacksmiths and metal founders, they have an honesty and sturdiness perfectly in harmony with their function. Wrought iron, brass, wood, and tin were the materials of choice, both for their affordability and durability. In any room you might find a pleasing mix of metals – black iron for the chandelier, rim lock, and hinges, polished brass for the doorknobs, sash locks, and furniture pulls.  

By the 1830s this home-spun style had been supplanted by the Greek Revival and other more romantic European influences. During the early decades of the twentieth century, however, the popularity of Federal homes and furnishings peaked once again as the Colonial Revival movement swept America. Countless homes from coast-to-coast built over the past hundred years reflect the influence of this timeless traditional style. Comprising hardware and lighting for every room, indoors and out, the Philadelphia Collection is ideal for anyone restoring, remodeling, or building a Federal-style home. 

A brick Federal-style home with period reproduction door and window hardware

Early nineteenth century entry rim lock

Door Hardware

Surface-mounted rim locks were the standard way of fastening doors in Federal homes. The body of the lock was either brass or iron, the plain round knobs almost exclusively brass. Secured with an oversized skeleton key, they have an old -school charm that never fails to appeal. The collection includes items which would not have been found in early nineteenth century homes, but are useful today, such as door stops, kick plates, and even a deadbolt.

Carpenter Entry Rim Lock Set

Colonial Iron Rim Lock Set

Colonial Brass Rim Lock Set

Federal Style Door Set

Brass Ball-Tip Hinge

Ball-Bearing Hinge

Coloinial Brass Knocker

Solid Brass Deadbolt

Brass Kickplate

Arch-Top Push Plate

Classic Brass Door Bolt

Traditional Brass Doorstop

Bell jar pendants were a useful and elegant addition to many Federal-era homes


In most Federal-era interiors light fixtures made of wood, iron, and tin were the norm, with brass chandeliers and sconces a luxury found only in more expensive homes. Bell-jar lanterns were a popular choice for the front hall. The inverted glass dome protected flames from blowing out when the door was open, and a glass smoke bell prevented soot from reaching the ceiling. On the exterior, candle lanterns crafted from tin, copper, or iron supplied a bit of much-needed light to welcome guests.

Cambridge Two-Tier Chandelier

Cambridge 6 Light Chandelier

Cambridge Sconce

Hampton Bell Jar Lantern

Hampton Bell Jar Pendant

Forged Brass Switch Plate

Premium Push-Button Switch

Henry Street 2 Light Sconce

Henry Street Large Lantern

Henry Street Pendant

Henry Street Post Mount

Early nineteenth century dresser with swan neck bail pulls

Cabinet & Furniture Hardware

Cabinet hardware in most Federal-era homes was as understated as the architecture. On built-in cupboards one might find simple brass or wood knobs, strap hinges, and latches. Hardware for furniture was more decorative without being showy, such oval pulls with subtle classical detailing.   

Federal Style Furniture Knob

Federal Style Drawer Pull

Brass Keyhole Insert

Brass Cabinet Lock

Brass Furniture Toe Cap

Brass Furniture Caster

Iron H-L Cabinet Hinges

Brass Strap Cabinet Hinges

Iron and Brass Cabinet Latch

Double-hung window in a Federal house with iron shutter hardware and brass window locks

Window Hardware

Double hung windows with multiple small panes were standard on Federal-era homes. Operated with rope & pully systems they required specialized sash locks and lifts, often made of brass. On the exterior functional shutters were de rigueur. Designed to close tightly across the windows, they protected the home when empty or against inclement weather. Exterior shutter hinges, bolts, tiebacks, and pulls were invariably made of iron, hand-forged by local blacksmiths.

Brass Sash Lock

Brass Inset Sash Lift

Brass Sash Pulley

New York Shutter Hinges

Shutter Ring Pull

Scroll Shutter Dogs

A paneled Federal interior decorated with a series of small portraits

Home Accents

While accessories such as doorbells, heat registers, and mailboxes may not have been original features of Federal-era homes, they certainly have their place today. The Philadelphia Collection includes a number of items in keeping with the style of the period - simple in form with hints of classical detailing – that will be useful throughout your home.  

Double Scroll Hook

Classical Picture Hook

Ball-Tip Brass Stair Rods

Classical Floor Register

Round Brass Door Bell

Classic Black Mailbox

Row of Federal-era houses in Salem, Massachusetts

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