Hardware & Lighting Inspired by the Late Victorian Era
With designs dating from the 1890s through early twentieth century, the Victoria collection embodies the elegant style of the late Victorian age. Like the architecture and furnishings of the day, hardware and lighting looked to history for inspiration. The European Renaissance and Baroque periods, the Middle Ages, and even the American Colonial era offered a seemingly endless trove of ideas from which to choose. With the advent of industrial age technology, it become possible to mass produce intricate and ornate pieces that could only have been hand-crafted in the past.
Most of the items in the Victoria Collection were inspired by the Baroque styles of the seventeenth century. Made of solid brass, they are lavishly embellished with flowers, vines, foliage, and shells in imitation of nature. While ideal for the restoration of a period Victorian home, these unique pieces of hardware and lighting will add a touch of elegance to homes of any age.
Ornamented with scrolls and vines, our Largo pattern door set is the centerpiece of the Victoria Collection. Like most door hardware of the period, the design was derived from historical styles - in this case the Flemish Baroque. Paired with decorative door hinges and other ornate door accessories, it creates the ultimate expression of late Victorian style.
In most Victorian era homes, the focal point of a room was the central chandelier. While earlier fixtures were lit exclusively with gas, by 1900 lights combining gas and electricity transitioned between the old and new technologies. Characterized by their ornate glass shades and preponderance of ornament, Victorian chandeliers are the ideal way to add high-style elegance to any room. Complete the period look with push-button light switches inset with mother-of -pearl, decorative switch plates, and a faux-plaster ceiling medallion.
Cabinet & Furniture Hardware
In the late nineteenth century hardware for cabinets and furniture expressed the same passion for design as lighting and door hardware. Ornate knobs, pulls, latches, and hinges added a decorative flourish to kitchen and pantry cupboards, dining room built-ins, dressers, wardrobes, and other furniture throughout the home. Handy brass casters attached to the feet of most chairs and tables made it simple to rearrange rooms for any purpose. The Victoria Collection includes a handful of cabinet hardware pieces that will bring the charm of that era into your own home.
In the late Victorian era, even the smallest and most utilitarian items played an important role in the overall look of a home. Essential pieces of hardware such as doorbells, stair brackets, picture hooks, and dust corners were designed with beauty in mind. Ornamented with scrolls and vines, flowers, and beads, they will delight the eye in unexpected places throughout your home.
Window & Shutter Hardware
Due to improvements in glass making technology, most Victorian homes featured double-hung sash windows with much larger panes of glass. Like earlier sash windows they functioned with a combination of lifts, locks, and pulleys. Another innovation of the time was transom windows over interior doors. Tilting open to improve air circulation, they required their own special hardware to operate. On the exterior, shutters were employed far less often than in the colonial era and used a new factory-made type of lift-off hinge mortised into the window frame.