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Re: [MedievalSawdust] Hardware for medieval -style woodwork.

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  • James W. Pratt, Jr.
    Try: http://www.historicenterprises.com/ James Cunningham ... From: julian wilson To: medievalsawdust@yahoogroups.com Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2006 11:43 AM
    Message 1 of 17 , Mar 28, 2006
      James Cunningham
      ----- Original Message -----
      Sent: Tuesday, March 28, 2006 11:43 AM
      Subject: [MedievalSawdust] Hardware for medieval -style woodwork.

      Gentles of the List,
      can anyone recommend any US-based hardware manufacturers who offer chest and cabinet hardware simulating black-hand-forged work of the late Middle Ages?
       I've spent several hours in online searches so far, without success. Maybe I'm asking the wrong questions of my search engines.
      We only have 2 local Builders' Merchants in our little Island, - and, as far as they are concerned - if it doesn't come as a plastic-wrapped pre-pack suitable for modern-design joinery, they just don't want to know about "special Orders".
      What am I seeking in this "simulated black iron" finish?
      Chest corner straps; various designs of hinges both butt and strap - from the small  for coffers - to large enough to hang a 6ft6ins door;chest and drawer handles; hasps & staples and period padlocks/fetterlocks; and replicas of 15th C., keyed mortice locks with their old-fashioned "skeleton-type" keys.
      There must be British specialist Makers of this sort of hardware - because the re-enactment and living history Market in the UK is considerable, and seems to be growing apace - but so far I haven't been able to locate any UK-based Makers/Suppliers.
      Your help would be much appreciated.

      Yours in Service,
      ["Messire Matthew Baker", Governor & Castellan of Jersey, 1486-1497:
      Motto  - "Si vis pacem, para bellum" (Trans:-"if you wish for Peace, prepare for War") ]
      aka. - Julian Wilson,  - late-medieval Re-enactor; Herald, Historian, & Master Artisan to
      "The Companie of the Duke's Leopards",
      [the Island of "olde" Jersey's only mediæval living-history Group]
      Meet us at <  www.dukesleopards.org  >"

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