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Mon, 09 Dec 2013 03:28:00 +0000Cast Iron Shelf Brackets Wrought with Victorian, Gothic, Neo-Classical Period and Nature Themes
Decorative cast iron shelf brackets offer an affordable way to add style to any room and Shop 4 Classics has just added Antique Revelry’s unique collection period and nature themed cast iron shelf brackets
in an array of small and large sizes.
Period Style Cast Iron Shelf Brackets
Period Style, often also referred to as Antique Style
, shelf brackets incorporate hallmark designs of architectural design periods. However, one need not limit their selection of cast iron shelf brackets to the period in which their home was constructed. Designs of period style shelf brackets are timeless and therefore selection often becomes a matter of personal taste.
|Pennsylvania Dutch |
Cast Iron Shelf Bracket
Antique Revelry’s Pennsylvania Dutch Cast iron shelf brackets
features a circular tulip design at its center similar to hex signs of Pennsylvania Dutch folk art. In addition to the Pennsylvania Dutch cast iron shelf bracket, Antique Revelry’s Lotus Flower cast iron shelf brackets
feature similar circular hex sign design. Either of these cast iron shelf brackets is an ideal choice for Dutch colonial revival homes; however, their simple charming design is complimentary to any traditional themed setting.
Cast Iron Shelf Bracket
The Victorian period of the late 19th
century to early 20th
century was known for elaborate aesthetics of dress, architecture, and design. Flamboyant design of the Victorian period extended to even the most common of household objects. The Victorian period often incorporated centuries old designs from the past while at the same time embraced the benefits brought on by the industrial revolution. The result was Victorian creations melded the ancient with what was the state of the art of the day. The design of Antique Revelry cast iron Gothic Trestle shelf bracket
was inspired by the design of an actual turn of the 20th
century iron bridge trestle. The Gothic Trestle shelf bracket mimics an original cast iron bridge trestle’s design includes century’s old Gothic quatrefoil and trefoil images that were reintroduced in Gothic Revival architecture surrounded by the industrial appearance of countless rivets that held trestle in place.
Nature Themed Cast Iron Shelf Brackets
Cast Iron Shelf Bracket
Nature has been the inspiration of design ever since man first drew on cave walls. Flora and fauna has been represented in some form or another in elements of every architectural design period. Antique Revelry has several cast iron shelf brackets with nature themes. With its intricate design of oak leaves and acorns, Antique Revelry’s Acorn cast iron shelf bracket
is an ideal accent for Arts and Crafts bungalow as well as rustic cabin interiors. Antique Revelry’s Dragonfly cast iron shelf bracket
features a large stylized dragonfly that is similar to those found on Arts and Crafts tile, pottery, and other forms of art.
Check out one of the a largest selection of cast iron shelf brackets on web from Antique Revelry, the John Wright Company and Waterglass Studios in the Interior Accents section of the Shop 4 Classics website.
Sat, 16 Nov 2013 12:08:00 +0000Rooster Head Kitchen Cabinet Knobs: Add Charm and Possibly a Little Good Luck to Your Kitchen
A rooster in your kitchen has long been held as a good luck charm. In these modern times, however, one can compile a nearly endless list of reasons for not keeping a real rooster in your kitchen. Images of roosters in wall art, pottery, and tins that decorate today’s kitchens remains a popular theme.
|Rooster Cabinet Knobs|
by Antique Revelry
The rooster themes can even be found in kitchen cabinet hardware and Shop 4 Classics now offers truly unique rooster head kitchen cabinet knobs. Produced by Antique Revelry Hardware, these rooster cabinet knobs exhibit a rustic quality ideal for French country as well as American country kitchens. Unlike most rooster cabinet knobs, these cabinet knobs come in both right facing and left facing options. Right and left facing rooster head knobs are perfect kitchen cabinets that often are arranged in a pairs of cabinet doors that open to a single cabinet. Thus, these rooster knobs can be mounted so that they face each other or look in opposite directions. Further, Antique Revelry’s rooster cabinet knobs are available in black cast iron, antique pewter, and oil rubbed bronze so they they are available in finishes to compliment light and dark kitchen cabinets.
Consider choosing these unique rooster cabinet knobs as well as the many other home hardware items from Antique Revelry including decorative cast iron shelf brackets, coat hooks, decorative vent covers and more for your kitchen remodel project.
Thu, 31 Oct 2013 16:27:00 +0000Innovative Antique Window Hardware: Combo Sash Lock & Lift
When you look at antique hardware, you occasionally find something ingenious. Something so clever yet so simple in its mechanics that you ask yourself, "why didn't I think of that?" Sometimes the pioneering piece of hardware might be somewhat obscure and you wonder, "why wasn't that more common?" The combo sash lock & lift is a perfect example of inventive antique window hardware that probably should have been more popular. Today, we look at the combo sash lock & lift and look at why it's not too late for this ingenious piece of antique window hardware.
Regardless of their age, the most common types of windows found in US homes are double-hung windows and single-hung windows. Both of these types of windows have two sashes and in both types, the lower sash raises to open the window. Sash lifts are installed on the bottom rail of the lower sash to aid in lifting it. Conversely, a sash lock is used to prevent the lower sash from being lifted. The latching half of the sash lock is usually installed on the top rail of the lower sash while a strike is installed on the bottom rail of the upper sash. Activating the latch secures the lower sash to the upper sash, preventing the window from being opened.
As its' name implies, the combo sash lock & lift combines both a sash lock and a sash lift into a single piece of window hardware. The sash lift is creatively integrated into the sash lock. The combo sash lock & lift installs on the bottom rail of the lower sash just as a traditional sash lift would be installed. The strike plate for the combo sash lock & lift installs on the window sill. When it is closed, the combo sash lock & lift latches the sash to the window sill. Pulling up on the spring loaded sash lift releases the lock so the sash can be lifted in one movement. In a similar fashion, lowering the sash and releasing the sash lift activates the sash lock fastening the sash to the sill in just one motion. Rather than operating the sash lock and sash lifts in two separate motions, the combo sash lock & lift provides a more efficient one step process.
Combo Sash Lock & Lift
Despite its superior efficiency and clever design, the combo sash lock & lift has not dominated window hardware. The combo sash lock & lift has been around since the late 19th century but you don't see antique originals very frequently. Fortunately, Shop 4 Classics now offers authentic antique reproduction combo sash lock & lifts from Antique Revelry. The Antique Revelry combo sash lock & lift can be used on old or new, single hung or double hung, wood windows. These antique reproduction combo sash lock & lifts are offered in today's favorite finishes to accommodate any decorating theme. Visit Shop 4 Classics for the Antique Revelry combo sash lock & lift and other innovative antique reproduction window hardware.
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