Centre hinges either straight (256:9) or necked (256:10) have one loose plate with steel pivot pin and raised seating for clearance, and the other with socket hole for the pin. Figure 256:11
shows the necked pivot hinge in light steel strip. The name centre hinge is usually reserved for the original hand-wrought cast brass hinge, still obtainable, but all too often of appalling quality and finish as compared with earlier examples; while machine-stamped hinges with either fixed or loose plates and generally of good quality are commonly referred to as pivot hinges. As the action is the same throughout, subsequent descriptions will refer to both types as pivot hinges.
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