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  Colonial and Early English Hardware by P. & F. Corbin, 1931     

Development of Colonial and Early English Hardware to its present scope, as presented in this edition, has closely followed the swing of architecture to the styles of traditional America and Europe. First indications of a widespread enthusiasm for buildings in these styles found Corbin prepared to make available a new and distinct type of hardware, interpreting the work of the blacksmith hardware-maker of olden times.

With a first hand knowledge of modern builders' requirements and an acquired intimacy with the products and methods of the old craftsmen, pieces were carefully chosen from among the best known patterns of Early America and Europe, for reproduction. The interesting crudities and irregularities of the originals were religiously preserved. The atmosphere of the forge, the romance of iron and laborious methods of hand work, inseparably mingled in the products of the early iron worker, were portrayed with remarkable faithfulness, and with a restraint and absence of exaggeration that is truly fine.

Yet, in matters of mechanical function, modern standards of practicality have been ingeniously maintained. Butts and hinges work freely and without creak or groan. Thumb latches do not rattle. Catches and fasteners operate smoothly. Handles and knobs are made for use with modern, secure locks. For while architects and builders have unfolded before us the charm and beauty of these styles, there is no inclination toward a backward step from modern ideals of efficiency, comfort or convenience.

Architecture has constantly expanded the possibilities of creating distinctive buildings, employing new and unexplored phases of the old styles, or as is frequently done, combining two or more in a single, charming house. Corbin keeps apace adding new designs to suit new trends, and adopting new items found necessary to a complete hardware equipment.

In this edition of Colonial and Early English Hardware a wide range of patterns is offered, each strongly suggestive of a particular architectural style. The simple forms of the Colonial are distinct from the delicate traceries of the Spanish and the more detailed elaborations of the English and French.

In some instances though, it is extremely difficult to draw definite lines of classification because of the curious commingling of design motives in many of the old schools. However, each piece carries an unmistakable relation to traditional architecture and one may choose from several patterns for any particular style with the assurance that each 5 will reflect the spirit of its surroundings.


 
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