Furniture fittings

Furniture fittings

Furniture fittings come in an endless number of forms., for example handles, back plates, mounts, nails, tacks, studs and hinges. It is essential you describe them in as much detail as possible, identifying how they would have been attached. They are commonly made of copper alloy, lead or iron, but other metals do exist. Usually distinguished from clothing or harness mounts by their size, weight and possibly the presence of an iron fitting on the reverse.

Example description

A complete Post Medieval cast copper alloy furniture fitting. This is possibly a decorative mount, or backing for a handle. It is lozenge shaped, with a circular protrusion at each corner. It has floral decoration on the front, with a four petal flower around a central circular hole. The object is complete and in good condition. There are no remains of its attachment, although likely a stud would have been placed through the central perforation to the furniture. It measures 52.6mm by 56.2mm. It weighs 46g. This is likely to be from the 17th century. Further examples can be seen in Read, Metal Artefacts of Antiquity.