Friday, August 23, 2013

Door Knob Bliss: Nostalgic Warehouse's New Crystal & Porcelain Door Knobs

Nostalgic Warehouse has been providing high quality antique reproduction door hardware for over 20 years. They offer vintage designs ranging from elegant Victorian to jazzy Art Deco.  Today, we introduce six new vintage doorknobs from Nostalgic Warehouse that can be paired with any of their classic doorplate designs.

We begin with three new crystal door knobs.  The new round crystal doorknob, oval crystal doorknob, and oval fluted crystal doorknob add to a collection of crystal door knobs that previously included the traditional crystal door knob and the Waldorf crystal door knob.  The oval crystal door knob features a clean oval shape and smooth outward-curve.  The oval fluted crystal door knob adds twenty-four individually hand-ground facets to the oval knob.  The circular shape of the round crystal door knob magnifies the underlying details of the backplate with which you choose to pair it.  Each crystal door knob is crafted from genuine lead crystal to create amazing clarity and brilliance.  The crystal knobs are mounted on a solid forged brass base for durability and beauty.  Nostalgic Warehouse's clear crystal door knobs coordinate equally well with any finish and compliment a variety of architectural styles.

Porcelain doorknobs have enjoyed universal popularity since the 1800s and continue to be popular hundreds of years later.  The new rose porcelain doorknob, black porcelain doorknob, and brown porcelain doorknob join the pure white porcelain door knob to provide a wide range of design options.  The black porcelain door knob projects the stately sophistication of high society.  The brown porcelain door knob offers a warm compliment to natural wood trim and earthen color palettes.  And, nothing says "vintage" quite like the delicate floral illustration of the rose porcelain door knob.  Nostalgic Warehouse's kiln-fired porcelain door knobs are mounted on a solid forged brass base for durability and beauty.  Traditional to contemporary.  Sophisticated to simplistic charm.  The porcelain door knobs provide flexibility to fit most any decorating theme.

Shop 4 Classics offers the complete catalog of Nostalgic Warehouse antique reproduction door hardware.  In addition to discount prices and free shipping for orders over $100, Shop 4 Classics offers the HARDWARE5 promotion code for an additional 5% discount on Nostalgic Warehouse orders of $500 or more or the HARDWARE10 promotion code for an additional 10% discount on Nostalgic Warehouse orders of $1,000 or more.

Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Craftsman House Numbers & House Number Tiles True to Arts & Crafts Traditions

The American Arts & Crafts movement developed in a response to the negative side effects of America’s industrial revolution of the early 1900’s.  The Arts & Crafts movement extolled the greater societal benefits of producing goods by the hands of skilled craftsman as had been done for centuries over the pure economic benefits that factory automation and mass production brought to a select few.  Over a hundred years later, I think that it is safe to say that the country continues to wrestle with these same concerns.  If anything, the issue has become more complicated with increased globalization of production and concerns about the environment.    
Mission Metalworks
Arts & Crafts House Numbers
Mission Metalworks’ solid bronze and copper Arts & Crafts house numbers and Mission house number tiles not only offer that now iconic Arts & Crafts style but also are crafted in many ways consistent with Arts & Crafts traditions.  The numbers and tiles are sand cast in a Missouri foundry that has been in operation since the time of the original American Arts & Crafts movement. The wood pattern boards were created by hand by a local craftsman.  The bronze and copper used to produce the house numbers and house number tiles is from 95% recycled domestic material, which I am sure the founders of the Arts & Crafts movement would appreciate.  The numbers and tiles are also hand-finished and individually inspected prior to shipment.

Yes, Mission Metalworks' bronze and copper Arts & Crafts house numbers and Mission house number tiles faithfulness to the Arts & Crafts movement’s traditions are more than just patina deep.