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Hardware Selection > Visible Hardware

Most shutters spend nearly all of their lives in the open position. In a typical functional installation that puts the hinges behind the shutters and out of sight. You do see the pintles and part of the hinge barrel, but the strongest visible elements of hardware on the open shutters are the tie-backs and the shutter locks.

Shutter Locks

The locks are by far the most visible element on an open shutter. They’re relatively large, sit in a horizontal aspect, and occupy the mid-portion of the shutter. All of this adds up to visual attraction. If your shutters aren’t intended to function, a shutter lock will give you the most bang for the buck in creating an authentic looking installation. If you intend to use your shutters, you’ll need a lock to make them work. If shutters don’t lock, they don’t work.

We offer locks appropriate for every period of American history as well as those we’ve developed to uniquely address contemporary needs.

Shutter Tie-backs

A “must have” item if your shutters are hinged. The tie-backs (or hooks, or stays) are what keep the shutters from banging in the wind. They’re also the most diverse segment of historic shutter hardware. Within any given period, surviving examples provide countless variations of sizes and shapes. Many represent products produced through the emerging industrial revolution and shipped cross country. Others are fanciful pieces hand-made by local smiths. It’s within these earlier pieces that you see the memories of the homelands carried to our shores…. Dutch, French, and German patterns exist in localized pockets where these nationalities grouped. English hardware was the standard, however, and dominated the main stream offerings of the day.

We offer tie-backs in many patterns, from colonial through sea-shore stainless. We carry patterns that were common throughout the 1900’s and no longer made elsewhere - a nice option if you’re adding to a home and want to match the feel of the original. If you want to make a unique statement with your home – or your coordinated community – we can help design a signature tie-back to reflect your character and interests.

Good news is that you have a free hand with the tie-backs. Pick out whatever works for you – that’s what people have always done.



 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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