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Ask the Expert - Historic Hardware - Classic Homes Design and Restoration | Period Homes Magazine
Finding the appropriate hardware for historic projects can be a challenge. We've asked industry expert and Director of Product Development at Nostalgic Warehouse, Bill Metzger to help with the answers.

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What is handing and why is it important?

Door handing refers to the direction the door swings open. When determining handing, stand in front of the public side of the door. Read the complete article here.

What function do you need for your door hardware?

There are roughly seven different types of functions including privacy, passage, single dummy, double dummy, mortise, entry set and deadbolt. Learn more here.

What measurements do you need to know before purchasing a new set of door hardware?

Backset, bore holes and door thickness for starters. Learn more here.

What is the difference between mortise and tubular latches/locks?

Tubular latches became popular in the early 1950’s. And, as their name implies, the latch mechanism itself is tubular in shape. Read the complete article here.

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Lanternland

Full line of rustic handmade copper and brass outdoor and indoor lighting. Styles include Colonial, Colonial Revival, New-Classical, Greek Revival, Cape Cod, Bungalow, Mission, Arts & Crafts and more. Custom orders and reproductions a specialty. Popular custom options custom sizes including large and oversize fixtures, custom back plates and mounting solutions, custom sockets, gas lights, low voltage wiring and modification to meet 'dark sky' regulations.