By Barbara L. Isenberg and Mary Smith
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The Brass Center provides an opportunity to see the entire line of the widely distributed Baldwin products, which are unusual since the hardware is forged brass- that is, stamped into the desired shape instead of being melted and cast.
THE Baldwin Company, well-known in this country as forgers of highquality solid brass decorative hardware and accessories, has entered upon an unusual marketing venture for a hardware manufacturer. In the past year Baldwin has helped private owners open Baldwin Brass Centers, which stock only Baldwin’s large line of hardware.
These are not franchise stores, but Baldwin does approve store plans and owners. There are 16 such stores in the United States, including one that has just opened at 210 East 60th Street. There is also a store in Paris.
The Brass Center provides an opportunity to see the entire line of the widely distributed Baldwin products, which are unusual since the hardware is forged brass – that is, stamped into the desired shape instead of being melted and cast.
Forging gives greater tensile strength than casting and creates a bubble-free surface that is resistant to wear and corrosion. Pieces are hand-finished and polished, with a tarnish-resistant enamel baked onto each piece.
In addition to a large line of brass knobs and latches, hinges, pulls and door knockers, there are such items as cremone bolts, which can be used with a knob or lever handle; brass stair rods, which can be cut to specification; three styles of finials for hinges, and a new lever handle for commercial use that meets Federal safety regulations.
There are also brass candlesticks, sconces and lamps made from candlesticks. There is a large selection of Limoges ceramic knobs, handles and push-plates. Most designs are faithful reproductions of antique styles, but there are also contemporary designs. . Barbara L. Isenberg and Mary Smith