Where To Find: Brass Pulls & Casters

Spotted at auction

I often find chests at auction missing a few of their original brass pulls. Optimum Brasses in the UK produces replicas using the lost-wax process. Over 7000 different items are available in their inventory and can be viewed in their online catalog. Above a Chippendale chest I bid on and lost at auction with it’s original brass pulls.

I’ve had my eye on the below sofa by Max Rollit since spotting the piece in Ben Pentreath’s den. I’ve had a hard time finding a similar piece stateside. I’ve been investigating having a local workroom build me one to fit the proportions of my den. Ben suggested I check out the casters at Optimum Brasses for the project.

Max Rollit “Katzsic” sofa

Since we’re talking brass pulls I wanted to share a few ideas for the kitchen. Handsome pulls dress up drawers and give the space an elegant antique feel. My two favorite examples are below from Plain English’s website.


Two kitchens from Plain English

A few selections I pulled from Optimum Brass’s catalog for reference. Aren’t they all just gorgeous? My friend Lizzie in New York had this to say, “I always love calling them on the phone because the ladies who answer have the sweetest accents!”



From Optimum Brass’s catalog

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15 Comments

  1. I can remember watching a program we had here called Cracking Antiques with Katheryn Rayward. They showed a chest of drawers like that, and they knew it was American because of the feet. Apparently the difference between American and English furniture of this type was that the feet would come out at the bottom because the American houses were bigger and there was more room, whereas the feet on English furniture of the same period tended to go straight down so we could push furniture closely together to fit them in!

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  2. Hello Katy, for a similar sofa try John Derian.com New York, the Geranium or cove sofa.
    All the best.
    Phil

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  3. Sara, sometimes you can put two or three toothpicks (big end first) in a screw hole that has been stripped, and then insert the screw. The toothpicks will fill the gap. Not sure if it would work with tacks.

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  4. This is a great resource, thank you! I have a piece that is in need of a pull. The piece is antique and I can tell it has been repaired before. The original tacks used to secure the pulls now just fall out. Any ideas on how to repair this issue?

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  5. I was going to mention Horton Brasses too! I ordered replacement keyhole liners from them for an antique desk and I was so happy with the quality! They looked exactly like the others, it’s impossible to tell which ones are new.

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  6. Another great resources for replacement brasses here in the good old U.S. of A. is Horton Brasses in Cromwell, CT (www.horton-brasses.com). They have a good selection in various sizes, and can custom antique the finish on the replacement hardware so that it matches the patina on the hardware that you are trying to copy. I have been able to find exact replacements for missing brasses on a couple of pieces of furniture that I bought at auction. They also make some great iron products in-house. I have used them on several occassions to make custom pintles to hang 18th century iron strap hinges for doors in my house. Their accents aren’t quite as swanky, but they are incredibly customer-oriented and super friendly.

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