Hardware & Lighting Inspired by Early New England Homes
Displaying rustic charm and honest character, the Plymouth Collection recalls a time in America when virtually everything was hand-crafted by local artisans. Throughout the seventeenth century forged iron, turned wood, and stamped tin were fashioned into essential items of hardware and lighting for early colonial homes. Far from utilitarian, such pieces often featured decorative heart or bean tips, hammered edges, and graceful curls, which proclaim the art and skill of the craftsman.
This rugged style of hardware was prevalent throughout America well into the early nineteenth century, when more sophisticated manufacturing techniques and polished materials such as brass became readily available. With the Colonial Revival of the 1920s and 30s, however, there emerged an appreciation for these early American artisans that remains to this day. Comprised of authentic reproductions and new pieces with a period look, the Plymouth Collection is ideal for anyone restoring, remodeling, or building a colonial style home.
In the days before keyed locks were widely affordable and available, most residential doors were operated with simple iron rim latches. Designed with no mechanical parts, the thumbpiece is compressed to raise the tongue, which lifts the bar from its keeper on the other side of the door. Hand-crafted from forged iron, they are durable and easy to install. Door hinges were surface-mounted straps, likewise made of heavy-duty forged iron. Paired on any door, a rim latch and strap hinges are the ultimate expression of early colonial style.
Lighting in early colonial homes was extremely simple, but remarkably stylish. Constructed of iron rods, turned wood, and stamped tin, each piece had unique character that reflected the artisan’s hand and eye. The open flame of tallow candles was the primary source of light, whether mounted on a chandelier, wall sconce, or exterior lantern. Today’s colonial-style lights carry on the tradition, with faux dripping candles, rustic finishes, and understated designs for every room.
Just like doors, hardware for colonial cabinets typically consisted of simple iron strap hinges, latches, and pulls. Smaller in scale, but equally durable, these pieces add a rugged charm to your kitchen and bath cabinets, built-ins, and furniture alike.
While accessories such as doorbells, heat registers, and mailboxes may not have been original features of early colonial homes, they certainly have their place today. The Plymouth Collection includes a number of items in keeping with the style of the period - rustic, understated, and durable – that will be useful throughout your home.
Window & Shutter Hardware
While the earliest homes had small diamond pane casement windows, by the eighteenth century double hung sashes with multiple lites were the norm. On the exterior functional shutters 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.