hardware historichousefitters.com Handmade 18th-century period hardware in black copper, copper, brass, or tin. Handforged reproduction iron floor lamps, kitchen racks, thumb-latches, mortise locks, strap and HL hinges, and metal accessories, all made by American craftspeople. (800) 247-4111 3 lahardware.com Inventory includes more than a million pieces of salvaged hardware (1850–1970) for doors, windows, cabinets, and furniture. Their hardware gallery features contemporary and reproduction hardware, as well as lighting and bath accessories. (323) 939-4403 acornmfg.com Plain cabinets and drawers become creative works of art with Acorn’s exquisite pewter cabinet pulls made of lead-free pewter. These and more are available online, or call for a free catalog. (800) 835-0121 IRON FIREBACKS A fireback is a cast-iron plate that sits at the back of a firebox to protect the masonry from intense heat. Decorative firebacks date to colonial times and may have survived for hundreds of years. Renaissance-man J. Del Conner—historian, artist, inventor, and amateur astronomer—was working as a graphic designer when a chimneysweep told him about the iron plates he was finding in old fireplaces. Intrigued, Conner explored fireback designs at nearby museums. He founded Pennsylvania Firebacks in 1979, soon offering fine cast-iron reproductions including a collection from Winterthur. The process involves a design sketch, a 3-D pattern sculpted in beeswax, a plaster mold, an aluminum casting, and a mold for molten iron poured at a foundry. The company offers historical reproductions and more than 30 of Conner’s own tradition-based designs. Pennsylvania Firebacks, fireback.com 66
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