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Victorian Mail Slots

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     Mail slots were once the preferred method of receiving your mail on a daily basis instead of the more modern mailbox that is mounted on a post by the side of the road.  This is especially true in rural areas where the most efficient way to get from building to building is by motorized vehicle.  There are still some areas throughout the country that have mail carriers who deliver on foot, and for locations like these mail slots may still be used.

One of the characteristics of a victorian style mail slot is the intricate design around the edges.

     Many homes, especially restorations, are installing mail slots on their doors to add a sense of whimsy or nostalgia to the home rather than for their functionality.  We have recognized the popularity of these items, and strive to carry a large selection of different kinds of mail slots, so there is at least one choice for every home style.  Mail slots tend to be overlooked on homes in which they are commonly used, but that doesn’t mean they need to be any less decorative.

     The Victorian style tends to be the most decorative in all of its components, from construction of homes and exterior decorations to the little details that can be found on any piece of hardware.  Mail slots are no exception.  While there is an overall design that can be seen, it’s the intricate details that are all along the exterior border that make the biggest difference.  Much time is taken to make sure that the border enhances the piece and draws the eye toward the overall design of the piece, rather than noticing one particular element at a time.

A victorian mail slot with a brushed nickel finish.

   Victorian mail slots are available in a myriad of different finishes, including polished chrome, oil rubbed bronze, polished and antique brass as well as nickel plated.  The antique brass seems to be the most classic and popular option, and really lets the design of the piece to stand out.  We list all the dimensions on our website to ensure that you get the right size mail slot, and include all mounting hardware necessary to complete your project.

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July 27, 2011 at 9:14 am

Eastlake Cup Pull with Label Holder

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    The Eastlake architectural style can be found all over the world, although it originated in New England in the late 1800’s.  While it is commonly lumped in with the Victorian architectural style, this cannot be further from the truth.  While the Eastlake style came to popularity while the Victorian era was still ending, it has many more unique qualities to it.  The primary components of this style were clean lines and geometric shapes.  Mass production was gaining in popularity, and the recent advances made it possible to duplicate these products on a much larger scale.

Click the image to learn more about various styles and movements in architecture and interior design.

     The Eastlake style is extremely popular in metal accents, especially with drawers, cabinets, and door hinges.  Many of the artists that made this style famous were prone to add decoration and direction to even the most mundane and overlooked pieces, and turned them all into works of art.  Where others failed to add any sort of adornment, Eastlake artisans flourished and took advantage of the blank canvas and made it their own.


     This particular example (pictured to the right) is a cup pull with label holder, and was found in offices everywhere.  It took an otherwise bland piece of furniture like a filing cabinet, and turned it into a piece that commanded attention by anyone in the room.  It’s functionality made it even more sought after, and they still are today.  It is an extremely durable piece because of its solid brass construction, which also makes it quite heavy.


     This piece is small, and measures less than 5″ high and just over 2″ tall.  All you need is a scrap piece of paper and you’ll have an instant label!  This piece is available in the popular finishes for it’s time: Polished Brass, Antique Brass, and Oil Rubbed Bronze.  These three can be found on most any piece of antique hardware, as well as many modern pieces.  We also include a pair of mounting screws in the same finish.

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June 29, 2011 at 8:57 am

Turtle Drawer Pull Back

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You can tell that Spring is finally trying to arrive. Yes, there’s still plenty of snow on the ground, and more snowstorms are being called for, but the sun is shining a little brighter, and the days are seeming just the slightest bit longer. It will still take quite some time for the snow to fully melt, but the days of shoveling out of the front door and digging to find the car will soon be things of the past, for a few months anyway.

So, what does this all mean? Simple; we can finally do some searching on our own, instead of relying on auctions and secondhand stores to provide it for us! We’ve been doing a lot of scouting from home, and made a few phone calls to some prospective places to search. There have been a few people who have sought us out, too, and have sent us samples of what they have to offer us.

Turtle Drawer Pull

This first piece is one of those such samples. The person that sent it to us didn’t tell us any of the history behind it, but guaranteed us that we would be very interested in it, as well as others they have to offer. This drawer pull backing is missing the swinging handle part, but that is very easy to replace, and fairly common, seeing how it is the part of the hardware that is actually used.

I first thought this looked like the shell of a turtle, but while a couple of my co-workers agreed with me, the more common thought was that of a pineapple. Perhaps they are all dreaming to escape from our Winter wonderland into a more tropical climate, or were just hungry. Maybe it’s a pineapple-eating turtle? This is going to be an absolute beauty once it’s cleaned up, and I can’t wait to find out more about it!

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April 5, 2011 at 8:40 am

Who’s That Lady?

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This is a gorgeous drawer handle is one of the most antique pieces we’ve ever featured. It is very worn, suggesting that it was either used for a long time, or that it was not well cared for. Fortunately, we have a little history on this piece, though not much.

We know that it was recovered from a building that caught fire and unfortunately the home was completely destroyed. The only good thing is that no one was injured in the fire. The home was full of antiques, and many of them were destroyed. Bystanders say that the wood caught fire more quickly than anyone had imagined.

The home was not in the historic part of town, but the owners were very avid antique collectors and had some absolutely exquisite pieces in their collection. While the wood itself did not make it, some of the hardware did, including this drawer pull. This piece was absolutely ridiculously filthy when we found it, and after a really good soak and scrubbing with our handy dandy toothbrush, we were able to uncover more details.Portrait Drawer Handle

This piece had a hand carved original that then had a negative made of it to create a mold, resulting in what you see today. The details on it are worn down, primarily from age, though the heat from the fire didn’t help. The floral work on the sides would have been considered exquisite in its day. We don’t have any real idea who the portrait is of, but have a few ideas.

It was not uncommon during that time to use a loved one as a model for various pieces, primarily because they didn’t have to be paid as models, and were always there as a reference when needed. This was most likely the creator’s wife, girlfriend, mother, or possibly daughter. Who would you use as your model?

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March 25, 2011 at 10:00 am

Not Your Average Piece of Junk

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It’s been awhile since we’ve featured any door knockers. We don’t want everyone to think that we specialize in just drawer pulls and knobs. We actually pride ourselves in being able to supply our customers with a wide variety of antique and replica pieces from around the world. We want to give everyone the opportunity to capture the old world classic feel without always having to pay an exorbitant price.

While sometimes it seems like we feature more of one type of piece than another, most times it is because it is what we are really and truly excited about showing to you. True, there are certain items, like drawer pulls, that we do seem to feature more of, but that’s mainly because they are so abundant. These types of pieces account for a good third of our stock, but that’s also because they account for the same, if not more, in homes. Just think of how many dressers and cabinets you have in your house compared to doors, mailboxes, light fixtures, etc.

Rusty Drawer Handle

This piece is no exception. Yes, it’s another drawer pull and yes it needs a really good cleaning, but take a good look at it. You can tell that this piece was handmade by the simple craftsmanship that went in to it. There is a great amount of detail work on the back piece of it, which makes it a gorgeous accent to any piece of furniture. The assembly, where the handle itself attaches to the rest of the piece, is nothing more than a simple loop of metal to hold it in place. Unlike many modern pieces that may come in two, three, or four parts, this simple one piece construction sets it apart from its more modern counterparts.

We really like how the dark of the rust sets of the piece, and while we won’t use rust a finish, we will used oiled bronze as well as copper and probably cast iron as well. Let us know what you think?

Gorgeous Antique Drawer Pull

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We have had many travels over the past year, and have found a multitude of little treasures.  I absolutely adore finding new things all the time!  To some of you, many of these pieces may look nearly identical, but nothing could be further from the truth!  Each piece has it’s own little story to tell, and it’s own history.  It can be so exciting finding this out, especially when they have a uniqueness to them that are hard to imagine!

These next few pieces have an amazing story to them, one that many people may be able to relate to.  These are all pieces of furniture hardware that were recovered, when much else couldn’t be, from homes affected by Hurricane Katrina.  It’s hard to believe to those that weren’t affected by it that this storm hit more than five years ago, but to some it feels like just yesterday.

The extent of the damage from the storm was so severe that there are still crews working to clean up and salvage anything and everything that they can.  A group of us decided to spend some of our holiday time volunteering with one of these causes, and in the process was able to salvage some pieces as well.

Front View 2

This set of drawer pulls, like many that we will feature, came off of a dresser that was in great disrepair.  You could tell it was once a very fine piece, and was probably nearly a century old, though it was hard to tell for certain.  The wood was rotting away, and even slight touches made it fall apart.  We were able to take some photographs of the piece, and are hoping to find a master carpenter willing to try and re-create it to it’s original splendor.  Even if you don’t have an antique dresser to put these on, they will still be able to give any piece an old world feel.

Drawer Pull Side Vie

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February 23, 2011 at 9:54 am

Mardi Gras King Dresser

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This is one of our absolute favorite pieces that we were able to help salvage on this trip, and has a great story to go with it. Our group of friends were only ten of about a thousand that were assigned to clean up duty in a couple of different neighborhoods still in need of attention after the storm. While many of these people came from other parts of the country to volunteer their time, some of them were the original owners of these houses, or friends and families from the neigborhood.

MG Front View

We came across one home that was completely filthy on the lower level, and we the basement had been condemned. Luckily, the upstairs had fared pretty well, all things considering. The furniture, though musty and dirty, was still in good shape, and there were many momentos throughout. It turns out that one of the people that was working in our group was the granddaughter of the owner of the home. He had survived the disaster, and was living with his daughter and her family, and had asked his granddaughter to try to get some things out of the house for him.

MG Side View

One of those items was protected from much damage by being inside an armoire, of which we obtained this drawer pull temporarily. It was his crown from when he was crowned Mardi Gras King back in 1982. He was so proud to have worn that crown, and had dozens of stories that he had passed on through the generations about his time as Mardi Gras King. The crown was very sentimental to him, as was the armoire it was in. A couple of the pieces of the hardware were in really rough shape, and with his granddaughter’s blessing, we were able to borrow them so that wee could present this gentleman with a fully restored armoire.
MG Front View 2

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January 23, 2011 at 4:43 pm

Out of the Attic – Chandelier of Brass with Mass

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It’s winter time again, and we all know what that means for those of us that live out East; half the time we’re snowed in and the other time we’re not.  Well, right now happens to be one of the times that we are, so unfortunately we can’t go hunting for new treasures to show you.   Have no fear; there are still dozens that we haven’t told you about!

Many of these pieces end up in the area of our warehouse that we call the attic.  It’s not really an attic, but it does hold many treasures and antiques that would be at home in the attic of an old home.  Many of the pieces are in various states of disrepair, some with missing pieces, others just very dirty.  There is a special section of the attic just for pieces that don’t have specific purpose, or that we just aren’t quite sure what they are.

Attic Chandelier

This first piece was discovered when we were helping to clear out an older home that had recently burned down.  It was in a small breakfast nook area, and is presumed to have been hanging over the kitchen table.  When we first picked it up, the chandelier was absolutely filthy and missing several pieces.  We scrubbed it for hours before we realized it was made of bronze, and was just extremelydirty.

How they got this piece to stay up on the ceiling securely is unbeknownst to me.  It may not have been original to the house, as it needs extra support; it weighs about fifteen pounds.  This should installed by a professional to ensure that it remains securely in place.  The choice of special hardware needed to install this light depends where you choose to install it, and if you aren’t sure, ask someone at your local hardware store for advice.

Thank you to all of  our avid readers – we appreciate you!

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January 11, 2011 at 3:37 pm

Exquisite Solid Bronze & Brass Door Knocker

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J. Arrington’s Villas in Bali, Indonesia may be gone, but the exquisite brass work and other magnificent pieces of hardware still exist.  This is another fine brass door knocker from the second villa.  This villa was used to entertain diplomats from the UK and the United States.  The décor of this villa was rumored to be quite elegant, but it was sadly deteriorated from lack of use.

This particular door knocker was said to be attached to the presidential suite of the villa.  This was one of the nicest rooms out of all four of the villas.  Several dignitaries graced this room and it was also used for esteemed guests of the family.

Our acquisition team was able to get this one for a fair deal, but had a lot of competition.  Several Australian acquisition teams were also on site bidding for wealthy private collections.  We think our purpose is much nobler; we are working on recreating this lovely piece so that you and others may include it in their home.

During our time in Bali, our acquisition team met with an American backpacker from Atlanta, Georgia named Kim Wadelton.  She was there on assignment for her Master’s work at Georgia Tech University where she is working on a double master’s in architecture and city planning.  She was able to direct our team to the auction and even taught them a little Indonesian to help them find their way around.  If it wasn’t for Ms. Wadelton, our team may have never found their way back home to deliver this exquisite brass hardware. We might turn this into a ring pull (smaller version) in her honor, someday…

Check back with us often to find out about the exquisite finds that our teams have located all across the globe.  You will find something for your home or office when you visit.  You can even find out about our new finds before anyone else.

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January 10, 2011 at 10:19 pm

Elaborate Brass Door Knob

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Thank you so much for your patience is us presenting to you the matching door knob in our quest to find unique antiques to share with you!  We know how the suspense was killing you, but come on, you know it was totally worth the wait.  We have finally finished cleaning off some of the dirt and grime that was on this, so here it is!

Can’t you just picture this on the front door of an old Victorian home with the matching door plate?  I can’t even begin to imagine how much something this elaborate may have cost.  You can definitely see that the design is a little worn down from years of use but like we’ve always said, that is bound to happen.

Elaborate Brass Door Knob Front View

There are numerous scratches covering the sides, but fortunately they are not too deep.  What does this mean for you?  Simple; they are less likely to show up when we make the mold, so the replica will be flawless.  Anything that is somewhat deep will have to be filled in and smoothed over so that they do not show through.

As for the worn areas on the top, there is not much that we can do about that.  A true replica will have the same worn features as the original.  If it is extremely worn down, we may try our hand at completely re-creating and carving the piece to create a whole new one.  The only problem with this is that it may not be exactly what the original artist intended it to look like.  We’ll never truly know what exactly they wanted, since they are no longer available to talk to. Since this may contradict the integrity of the piece, we tend to steer away from pieces in this condition so that we can stay true to the artist’s original intention.

Elaborate Brass Door Knob Side View

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November 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm


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