The subject of Builders' Hardware is one which has a direct
bearing upon the work of the architect, and is, at the same
time, of vital interest to the builder.
This book is, however,
written primarily for the architect. Most builders, we fancy,
are already pretty well posted on the subject of the hardware
which they are called upon to use in the construction and finish
of a house; but our experience has led us to believe that
architects, as a rule, seldom go any deeper into the subject
than is necessary to decide whether knobs shall be of one
material or another, or whether some particular pattern of sash will be satisfactory to the owner.
It is needless to say that a more extended acquaintance with the
subject would do no one any harm, and might even be conducive to
much good, if only in the way of providing more fittingly for
the needs of the client.
This work is not intended, however, to
be overcritical in its nature, nor necessarily so exhaustive as
to embrace all the inventions and arrangements comprised in the
general term of builders' hardware, though an attempt has been
made to discriminate between what is merely novel and what is
really suitable, and so far as possible the best of everything
is noticed under the various heads, and an effort made to
represent as nearly as possible the conditions and limitations
of the builders' hardware market, as well as to show what is
valuable for the uses of the architect.
must be remembered that the statements are made from an
architect's standpoint rather than from that of the builder or
The object in view is to show what can be obtained for special
cases, and how it is necessary to be specified in order that
there shall be no doubt in the minds of both builder and client
as to what is called for.
It is not
intended to present abstracts of trade-catalogues, and if the
book fails to represent all the wares in their proper light, or
at times seems to ignore some valuable inventions or place undue
stress upon articles that do not receive the heartiest
commendation from those who use them, we can only plead in
extenuation the difficulty of finding out everything that is in