Metal handles

Reproduction brass handles of good quality are obtainable at most architectural ironmongers. The back plates of these are usually pressed, as distinct from cast in the best antique examples, but the similitude is fair enough. Modern handles in brass, alloy, electro-plated plastic, clear perspex, etc. are available in bewildering variety and some manufacturers' lists contain many hundreds of varieties. In selecting these handles for hand-made furniture it is advisable to exercise restraint, for the more elaborate examples can advertise the fact that they are production-made by the very excellence of their finish, thus destroying the subtle appeal of an individually made piece of furniture. Representative examples are shown in 277. Figures 277:1 and 2 are extruded metal alloy pulls, 277:3 a spun-metal pull for sliding doors, 277:4-20 various types in brass, alloy and plated plastic. Figure 277:21 is a flush pull in two parts recessed into the door or drawer and screwed together from the back. Types of finishes for all these handles vary with the pattern, and the particular catalogue from which some of these examples have been chosen lists no less than 95 distinct finishes, from "polished continental silver anodised' to 'matt black coated plastic'.

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