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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Antique Sheraton School Hardware & Sideboards

I recently had the pleasure of coming across some old photos of Sheraton style hardware that were taken nearly 100 years ago. Since the Sheraton style came to prominence so long ago in the late 1700's I found it very interesting to see if what is available out there today really looks like how it used to. We actually don't carry much of this style hardware, we've got this Sheraton bail pull here, but here is a google image search of it so you can compare for yourself. Seems to me everyone is doing a pretty good job reproducing the original style.

So here's a look at a few pieces and their applications from way back.

Circa 1810 these next two pictures show off some of the detail available at the time. The first pull features an ear of corn while the knob boasts a decorative wreath in the middle.

Antique Sheraton Style Hardware

The two bail pulls below would have been made of brass and each one has it's own design. Not sure what the top one is but the bottom shows two bows and two arrows crossing each other.

Old Sheraton Style Hardware

And here are few Sheraton school desks with the original hardware. Tough to see from the old photography but still very interesting to me and hopefully some others, haha!

This first one is from around 1790. This sideboard is made from Mahogany and shows off the usual distinction between a Hepplewhite and Sheraton sideboard. Sheratons have turned legs while Hepplewhites have squared tapered legs.

Sheraton School Desk - 1800

Another one from around 1800. This one has a nice shelf built into the top which would have been quite the upgrade in this time. Nice bail pulls to top it off.

Sheraton Style Sideboard with Shelf

Another from around 1800 is this serpentine front sideboard with Sheraton style knobs.

Sheraton Sideboard - Serpentine Front

I'm gonna make a bunch of these posts because I enjoy learning about the styles so much myself, so I hope everyone else is interested too!

Have a good one!

Monday, December 5, 2016

A Historical Tidbit About Chairs & Stools

A chair and a stool are two different distinct types of furniture. The stool came first. One of the earlier forms of seat furniture. A stool consists of a single seat, without back or armrests, on a base of either three or four legs. A chair is any piece of furniture with a raised surface that can be used to individually sit on. A chair without a backrest and armrest is considered a stool.

In the early times, stools were quite general and chairs were rare. Chairs were reserved for the gilded classes. Kings, noblemen, and statesmen used them to conduct their business or hold court. While your average pleb was relegated to sitting on stools, chests, or even the ground. Also, chairs in early times, were always ornate and exquisite, made from expensive material like ivory, bronze and acacia wood. Decorated with beautiful carvings and designs, they were handcrafted works of art.

In the 17th century, except in high society, there was often only one chair, that for head of the household. As the 18th century wore on, this condition was reversed. The progress of the position of women can almost be measured by this change. The Queen Anne, featured below, is quite rare partly for this reason. Foot stools of an ordinary character have always, of course, been in use.

Queen Anne Stool

To leave you with a dubious fact, according to the Furniture Treasury, most chairs have over time been cut down or destroyed because every third generation a short person occurs.

children's chairs

Friday, December 2, 2016

Last Free Hardware Friday of the Year!


Good morning!

This will be the last Free Hardware Friday of the year as we always have a ton of stuff to do at the end of the year. Each year we close on the 23rd of December and remain closed until the new year. This means we've got a lot to do for our customers and business partners to get them and ourselves all set for the new year. So if you've got supplies you'll need in late December, get your order in now!

For today though we've got this piece from Liberty Hardware. It's a little tiny guy with dimensions of 1" x 1". It has centers at 5/8" to keep it from rotating when installed. Rules are below!

pearl nickel tab pull

The rules are the same as every week...
  1.  Promise me (Derrick Lawless) in writing at the e-mail lawlesshardware (at) gmail (dot) com that you will take photos of your project in a timely manner (I am quite lenient and have no enforcement mechanism, lol) and send them to me.
  2. Describe your project and tell me how many knobs you need.
  3. Give me your address and I send them right over.
See you next week and thanks to all that participate!

Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Ways to Use Your Oil Rubbed Bronze Hardware

Oil rubbed bronze is a very popular color these days. So, you might already have some or be choosing a particular kind you like already. We'd like to show off how some of our oil rubbed bronze hardware that has been used recently with these blog features.

Evolution of Style uses these matching venetian bronze cup pulls and knobs from Liberty Hardware. Featured on her white kitchen makeover they add a classy touch of style.

What a dresser! 16 drawers total and each with two little milk bottle knobs in oil rubbed bronze with a matching label holder so you know what you're getting into. That's My Letter created this gem.

Finding Purpose Furniture uses our venetian bronze with copper highlights pull in a squared off design with a slight arch on her bathroom makeover.

We carry the Copper Creek residential door collection and it was used by Wife in Progress to update her hallway. Check out Wife in Progress and/or our Copper Creek Collection.

From Home Road these oil rubbed bronze hooks make for a great welcome at the door coat hanger. Big with plenty of space for holding heavy coats and jackets.

From Colour Saturated Life this hardware offers clean and elegant lines and is a great addition to kitchen or bathroom cabinetry. This beautiful knob is a 2" bar knob bronze with copper highlights available at our store.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Cyber Monday - Free Shipping on Every Order!

D. Lawless Hardware will be closed over the holidays so that we can spend time with our families. All orders place over the weekend will be shipping immediately up our return Monday.


Coupon Code: "freeshipping"

Hopefully a lot of people can take advantage of this. We don't build shipping prices into the product prices and we know this discourages a lot of small buyers since our S&H is $10.75 on small orders.

Hope everyone has a...

Friday, November 11, 2016

Free Hardware Friday #38


Good morning everybody! I'll make it short today because I'm in a hurry. Here is the knob and the rules below!

This oatmeal porcelain knob is a D. Lawless product and goes great on country style applications!

almond ceramic knob

The rules are the same as every week...
  1.  Promise me (Derrick Lawless) in writing at the e-mail lawlesshardware (at) gmail (dot) com that you will take photos of your project in a timely manner (I am quite lenient and have no enforcement mechanism, lol) and send them to me.
  2. Describe your project and tell me how many knobs you need.
  3. Give me your address and I send them right over.
See you next week and thanks to all that participate!

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Ever Have Ten Million of Something?

D. Lawless deals in a lot of closeouts from the big guys that ordered too many or made a bad investment or whatever. Sometimes we've got to take package deals. It's take them all, or get none of them.

This is one of those deals. When Dave Lawless found out he had to either take 10 million at once or get none he thought to himself, "Will I ever have the opportunity to have 10 million of anything again?" The idea was too much to resist and he took them all.

So...we have 10,000,000 of these little shelf supports and we sold 40,000 last year. At this rate my great grandchildren will still be hocking these! So I'm writing this post to get the attention of anyone needing quantity. Our price is unbeatable at just .01 each. Average price around the web is 7 or 8 cents each.

They are listed cheap on the website. If you really need a lot of them give us a call and we'll deal!

Shelf Supports - Large Quantity - Closeout Price

Here's the trailer we keep them in. Nothing but shelf supports...lol! 

Trailer load of shelf supports

You can see where the weight of them destroyed our entrance drive...

The weight of 10 million shelf supports.

But we are handy and made our own stand to spread the weight out! No problem too big for D. Lawless and the crew.

Shelf support trailer