Functional and faux dummy shutter hardware including shutter dog tiebacks, hinges, slide bolts, and other hardware to make shutters jump to life.
Shutters are common to homes from almost every architectural period. In colonial homes, shutters provided security as well as a weather barrier. As cities developed, shutters were used to provide privacy in densely populated areas. Shutters can provide all of those same benefits but today are most often used decoratively to provide architectural accent or color contrast. Although their purpose may have changed some, shutters remain as popular today as ever.
Shutter hardware has also changed over time. Shutter hardware changes, however, tended to be in construction rather than in purpose. Antique shutter hardware from the Colonial period was usually hand forged by a blacksmith. The Industrial Revolution made casting iron economical and by the Victorian era, vintage cast iron shutter hardware was most popular. The Arts & Crafts movement brought about a return to handcrafted hardware including copper and bronze handcrafted shutter hardware. All of these construction methods are available to homeowners today, especially for antique reproduction shutter hardware.
There are two basic types of shutter hardware; hardware that facilitates shutter movement and hardware that prevents shutter movement. Functional shutters move on hinges to open and close. Strap hinges have been used since the Colonial period but other surface and mortise style shutter hinges, including the popular New York style "L" hinges, began growing in popularity by the Victorian period. To prevent shutters from moving when it is not desired, shutter dogs (also called tiebacks) are used to keep shutters open and slide bolts are used to lock shutters closed. In addition to the two basic types of shutter hardware for functional shutters, is faux shutter hardware for nonfunctional shutters. Even if a shutter is only decorative, it should appear to be functional. Antique reproduction dummy shutter hinges, faux shutter dogs, and slide bolts can be used with stationary decorative wood and vinyl shutters to make them look functional while also providing period detail.