The best spots to find old hardware
If you are a regular reader of this column, you would know that I collect old hardware, doorknobs, etc. You would also know that as a source, I always recommend Liz's Antique Hardware, 453 S. La Brea, Los Angeles.
I have met Liz Gordon, the owner, at conventions, and we have been to her store. I cannot imagine anyone having more inventory than her.
She claims to have more than 350,000 pieces of hardware manufactured from 1850 to 1950.
She and employee Terri Hartman have co-written a hardbound, full-color book on how to use old hardware in interior designs with knobs, handles, latches, locks, hinges and other pieces.
My second recommendation is the Old Hardware Store at 208 Main St., Halstead, Kan. It has been at the same location since 1885 and is open Monday through Saturday.
It is a beautiful place. We have been there numerous times and have done business there, too.
The venue features doorknobs and door sets, handles for windows, drawers and cabinets, rib locks and keepers, rosettes, locks, plates sconces, doorbells, tie backs, letter slots, finials, shutter keepers and hinges, floor grates, hooks, doorstops, old keys, shelf brackets and andirons.
We now have a third location. I have not been there, but I do have in my hands an eight-page brochure advertising the products at Eugenia's Authentic Antique Hardware (since 1976) at 5370 Peachtree Road, Chamblee, Ga. (phone 770-458-1677 or 800-337-1677)
This place, which has no reproductions, is in the heart of Chamblee's antique district and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Eugenia's accepts Visa, MasterCard, money orders or personal checks and ships by U.S. Postal Service or UPS.
I should also mention that locally, the Preservation and Conservation Association of Champaign County's warehouse, 44 E. Washington St., C, has a pretty good selection of old hardware.
PACA cannot compete with these other three outlets, but the store and some members' inventories might fill your voids.
Bob Swisher has been a collector since he was a child. Questions or comments can be sent to Swisher by writing to The News-Gazette, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-677 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.