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Victorian Door Hinges

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    We learned from the previous post that the Victorian style of decorating was not really about furniture; it was about everything else. And when you think of the Victorin Era, you probably think of elaborate, overly decorated items, homes, and lots of gilding.  While the Victorian style was predominant in England and other parts of Europe from 1830-1870, it wasn’t until about 1860 that it made it across the Atlantic and into the architectural styles in North America.

     While America may have been behind the times in terms of architecture, the styles between the two continents were quite similar.  Both focused on elaborately decorating everything, whether it is normally seen or not.  Everything from homes, door knobs and door hinges was decorated, and extravagantly at that.

     Since the technology was not quite advanced enough at the time, the majority of these pieces were hand-made so even if more than one copy was made they weren’t completely identical.  It is completely common to find a few minor differences, generally caused by a slight difference in how the tools were held, or by user error.  This never deterred people from buying the products; it gave them more character and class, and more often than not raised their value.

     Victorian door hinges come in a standard 3 1/2″ x 3 1/2″ size as well as the larger 4 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ size, which is what most doors use.  The design is generally carved on the interior of the hinge, only allowing it to be visible when the door is open.  Because of this, it would be in your best interest to only display this piece on those doorways that remain opened the majority of the time.

     These door hinges are offered in a variety of finishes, so that they will match any of your current decor.  The most popular finish choices are polished brass and antique brass, although oil rubbed bronze is quickly gaining popularity.  Each door hinge comes with a set of mounting screws in a matching finish so you won’t have to worry about finding the right one.

Written by antiqueswriter

May 18, 2011 at 12:48 pm

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