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Hardware Selection > New Construction

Whether you’re considering shutters as a necessary appointment on a new period home or looking for security and storm protection on something contemporary, we have the right hardware. With hardware from Brandywine Forge you’re free to configure the hinge and pintle application that will most easily and cost-effectively hang your shutters. Our wide range of visible hardware (tie-backs, hooks, and bolts) allows you to tailor the appearance of your project to match an appropriate period feel, or just put together something unique and interesting for your project.

Hinges and Pintles

The first order of business is selecting the right hinges and pintles. They’re the part that has to be right to keep things moving. The hinges are specific to your installation, so you need to have defined your installation situation. As functionally important as the hinges are, they’re the least seen element of shutter hardware. They’re hidden by the shutters when open – unless you specify a “show hinge” application. If you’re on something of a budget, you can chose from our less expensive hinge patterns and go with something nicer that shows – like shutter bolts or forged tie-backs.

Shutter Hinges

All true shutter hinges are “lift-off” – you can lift the shutters and hinges from the structure for maintenance. Avoid standard multi-joint butt hinges when installing your shutters, they probably won’t function well and be a nuisance over time.

Shutter hinges fall into two groups:

  • Surface Mounted Hinges
  • Edge Mounted Hinges

The bulk of shutter hinges are surface mounted. They mount on the face of the shutter. Strap hinges are the early examples, spanning the width of the shutter. The “L” shaped hinges of the later 19 th century are also surface mounted - you see them when the shutter is closed. Surface mounted hinges “tie” the wooden elements of the shutter together, adding a lot of rigidity and prolonging the life of the shutters….. reasons that add up to their continued popularity.

The edge mounted hinges are the late-comers. Hinges of this type (like our parliament hinges or the Victorian cast iron styles) are designed to mortise into the window frame as well as the edge of the shutter. You see the entire hinge when the shutter is in the open position. While many examples of shutters utilizing such hinges have survived over time, plenty of others have failed prematurely. Without the rigidity of a hinge spanning and bearing the weight of the shutter, it’s up to the wooden elements alone to withstand the pull of gravity. Any imperfection in the wood or fabrication of the shutters allows them to “sag” – the rails droop and the shutters literally fall out of square.

We offer as standard all of the basic hinges that were seen in the various periods of this country’s growth. Since we make the hinges, we can tailor hinge standoffs that address unusual installations and various bi-fold shutter applications – no other maker or hardware seller can make that claim.

Shutter Pintles

We offer many styles of pintles, with the intent of providing you with more options when configuring your application. Some are designed to mount on window casings, others mortise into the window frame, still others directly into the structure. We offer narrow back pintles to fit contemporary construction. Our structure mounted pintles are unique and afford you a creative way to easily resolve some situations that would challenge “traditional hardware” you’ll find in hardware stores.

All of the pintles mate with specific hinges. Sometimes that relationship is dictated by the diameter of the pintle pin and hinge barrels, other times it’s to accommodate a notched or show type hinge. Some of our pintles are female to match with hinges that have integral pins.

The wide range of pintle styles and “ standoffs” we offer is a keystone to the broad functionality of Brandywine Forge hardware.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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