Category Archives: Ironwork

The Beauty of Shutter Dogs

We’ve long since dispensed with the necessity of using our shutters for their actual purpose—protecting windows from the elements. Yet even though we all acknowledge that shutters are added to windows for purely decorative reasons, there’s something to be said … Continue reading

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Incorporating Antique Elements into Design

I’ve gotten to know a lot of creative people in this business, who shop The Brass Knob for antique architectural elements and incorporate them into something entirely new. One of the best is my dear friend Barry Remley, who owns … Continue reading

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Firebacks: Not Just for the Fireplace

Back in the days before furnaces, when fireplaces were necessary to heat the whole house, the fireback was a common feature: Thick, cast-iron panels (want to know more about cast iron? See our post on the topic, right here), often crafted … Continue reading

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Wrought vs. Cast: Ironing out the Differences (And Don’t Forget Steel!)

When it comes to antique and vintage ironwork, all metal isn’t created equal. And in some cases, decorative “ironwork” isn’t iron at all. Confused yet? It’s a perennial topic that bears repeating. We first addressed wrought vs. cast iron in … Continue reading

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Cast Iron versus Wrought Iron

This is one of those blog topics that really deserves a book unto itself. Washington DC—and in fact many Eastern US cities—has a wealth of decorative ironwork that frequently goes unnoticed in our hectic day-to-day world. What’s the big deal—-iron … Continue reading

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Summer Sale

July 7-22 is one of the best times to shop at the Brass Knob because those are the dates of our 2012 Summer Sale. Most of the architectural antiques online store are 20% Off. Hardware and the few items for sale … Continue reading

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