You can learn a lot from old hardware.
Archaeologists know that it’s the everyday items that reflect the tastes, values, and technology of a society. Hardware survives the passage of time well; not only is it durable, but its usefulness often ensures preservation through re-use, or its conservation in hope of future application, like the assorted nails, orphan hinges, and hooks-lacking-eyes that we all hoard.
The popularity and variety of dated pieces indicate how we lived, and what was important to us. For example, the hat hooks, string holders, doorstops, and lamp brackets of the 1800s reveal elements of the technology and style of that century.
Though we no longer wear fedoras or secure most packages with string, we retain an appreciation for the elegance and utility of the solutions from days gone by.
As you look through this catalog, take note of the items that attract your interest, and ask yourself what some future urban archaeologist might make of your choices, and if successive generations will treasure our CD holders, TV swivels, and cable management systems…
Robin C. Lee