Posted on | June 27, 2011 | 15 Comments
We’re our moving along with our den renovation. The room is nearly painted and Greg has been working on stripping and sanding the four doors we found for the room. On Saturday, we headed up to Nor’East Architectural Salvage in Hampton Falls, NH to search for hardware.
On one of the doors we have the original HL hinge. HL hinges were used to help support the weight of a heavy wooden door and were common in the late 18th century. I found tales the HL stood for the Holy Lord and the hinges were installed to protect the homes from evil spirits. The tale was debunked by Colonial Williamsburg in an article I found from 2008 noted below:
HL hinges are a stronger version of simple symmetrical H hinges. They are useful for supporting the weight of a heavy wooden door. The key is the extra supporting arm that fastens to the door. This piece can be on top, in which case it would look like an HL, or on the bottom, where it resembles HG. Or it can be mounted on the other side as the mirror image of the two. Many colonists had little or no interest in religion, and no documentation supports the belief that their hardware or door panels had symbolic value.
We have one set of original HL hinges and we need three more. We found a few originals at Nor’East but they were $75 a set. Too steep for Greg so now we’re talking about weather to keep searching or replace with reproductions? Reproductions range in price from $15-$45.
One more dilemmia…each of the doors has holes drilled for knobs. I’ve found evidence that knobs did exist in the late 18th century but did they use knobs with HL hinges?