Tuesday, 1 September 2009
The pic above shows my latest acquisition from ebay,a cast iron door pull made by the English manufacturer Kenrick circa 1850. The gate lodge is the first building due a full renovation so I am busy trawling the net for various missing pieces of period detailing such as the afore mentioned door pull. Salvage yards and antique shops can be valuable resources when searching for materials both large and small but they do have the drawback of tending to be rather expensive. The door pull came via ebay Australia and including postage was less than a third of the price I would have paid in England if indeed I was lucky enough to find one. Great Britain exported huge amounts of hardware to the various colonies from the 18th century onwards and places such as America,Canada and Australia have proved rather rich in finds that have been either unobtainable here or prohibitively expensive. In the field of cast iron hardware Kenrick are one of the more well known manufacturers and as a result there are many copies available (some sold as original) but luckily items such as door pulls have as yet not suffered from inferior copying....well that's enough blogging some of us have ebaying to do.