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Forum topic by bonesbr549 posted 02-21-2015 05:15 PM 1111 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-21-2015 05:15 PM

I swear, if I look at one more piece of crap hinges I’m going to explode. Usually I manage to get my antique hinges on ebay, but supplies of antique hinges are getting harder to come by.

I use to get quire a few alternative from house-of-antique hardware But the last 3 sets I got only 1 even functioned properly. The casting was horrible, and in one case the hole was out of alignment. I know they source through china to ease the cost and keep them down, but they unusable pieces of crap! They are great to work with and I know they will take them back, but now I’ll be two weeks behind even more.

I don’t work with bright brass, or I’d go Bursso, witch I like the quality of. So with Ebay supply in short order, I’m trapped, and got a project now that’s been on the bench for almost a month and a half waiting for a solution.

I may have to adjust my design to accomodate a different style of catch/hinge. What a pain in the patooty!

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#1 posted 02-21-2015 05:18 PM

Antique shops usually have a boatload of them.

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#2 posted 02-21-2015 05:45 PM

Lee Valley has some very nice hinges but pricey! I made my knife hinges myself not that hard really so could be an option for you if a knife hinge would work?

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#3 posted 02-21-2015 06:01 PM

I don’t know how dark you want the hinges but I “aged” the brusso hinges and handles on this project . I exposed the metal to ammonia vapors by hanging them from the lid of a large plastic coffee container with about 1” of amonia in the bottom. It’s important that the metal not come in contact with the liquid amonia. Not household amonia but the commercial kind sold at hardware stores.

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#4 posted 02-21-2015 08:38 PM

Have you tried Horton Brasses? A family run business, very nice to work with.

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#5 posted 02-21-2015 08:42 PM

I’m pretty sure Brusso has some stainless hinges.

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#6 posted 02-21-2015 09:17 PM

I have been using these folks for years

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#7 posted 02-21-2015 09:26 PM

A good discussion here as well :

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#8 posted 02-23-2015 07:15 PM

Well happy ending! I was venting to the wife and she mentioned that in one of her shopping excursions near where I work in Malvern PA there is a small hardware store called Wolfe’s decorative harware, and home accessories. It’s not a big shop, but has lots of cabinet pulls, entrance hinges, and bolts and locks. All higher end stuff and has the prices to go with it, but I’m at the point of just paying to find something of quality. Great selection and I had to change from Victorian, as the only set of Victorian hinges were big ones for entrance doors.

Long story short got a quality Deltana cabinet catch & steeple butt hinges(never heard of the brand). The price (and I checked) vs online was about $3/each more, but I’m going to support a local business where I can walk in and lay my hands on something before I buy it. Thanks and they are very helpful.

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