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Replica Castings for Antique Furniture Fittings

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Replica Castings for Antique Furniture Fittings

Replica castings for antique furniture fittings offer a bridge between preservation and restoration, ensuring the authenticity and charm of historical pieces endure. Crafted with precision and attention to detail, these replica castings faithfully replicate intricate fittings, including handles, knobs, hinges, and decorative elements, echoing the original designs from various eras. On occasion, you might find that metal fittings, such as handles and castors, are missing from a piece of antique furniture. If another remains, then identical copies known as replica castings can be made. If the piece is missing and there is nothing to copy from, then a suitable replacement may be carved from wax.

Using techniques that honour traditional craftsmanship, we create moulds that capture the essence of the original fittings. These moulds then serve as the foundation for crafting high-quality replicas, meticulously cast using premium materials like brass, bronze, or other metals. The result is an exact or near-exact reproduction that seamlessly integrates with antique furniture, maintaining historical accuracy.

We are able to provide replica casting for missing furniture fittings using the lost wax casting process. The casting can be gilded to match existing fittings or aged to match. Furniture castors are also reproduced these have either brass or leather wheels as appropriate with steel pins hand riveted into place. To give an authentic look to any piece of furniture or chair.

Replica castings not only restore functionality but also revive the aesthetic appeal of antique furniture. Whether replacing missing components or enhancing the overall authenticity of a piece, these replicated fittings complement the original design, preserving the allure of bygone eras.

Member of the British Antique Furniture Restorers Association (BAFRA)

The British Antique Furniture Restorers’ Association (BAFRA) is a nationwide organisation of skilled people engaged in furniture conservation, furniture repair and furniture restoration. Every BAFRA member is an expert in their field and is actively involved in Continual Professional Development to keep abreast of advances in knowledge, skills and technical developments.

Over the years Clive has developed the highest of standards in restoration and repair, joining the British Antique Furniture Restorers Association (BAFRA) in 1997 and now specialises in conserving and restoring oak and country furniture from the 15th to 18th centuries, together with all furniture from the early 18th to 19th centuries.

Replica Castings FAQs

What are replica castings for antique furniture?
Replica castings for antique furniture fittings are faithful reproductions of original hardware components, such as handles, knobs, hinges, and ornaments, crafted using casting techniques. If you discover that these are damaged or missing from a piece of antique furniture then identical copies can be made from a remaining fitting. A replacement may sometimes be carved from wax if there is nothing to copy from, using the lost wax casting process. These replicas are designed to match the style, design, and materials of the original fittings, offering a seamless integration into restoration projects.
What is the lost wax casting process of replica casting?
The lost wax casting method of replica casting, during which a duplicate metal fitting is cast from an original, involves molten metal being poured into a mould that has been created by means of a wax model. Once the mould has been made, the wax model melts.
Why choose replica castings for antique furniture fittings?
Replica castings provide an ideal solution for restoring antique furniture when original fittings are damaged, missing, or difficult to source. They offer the authenticity and charm of vintage hardware without the expense or rarity associated with genuine antique pieces.
What replica castings for antique furniture can be made?
Recent previous replica castings include making replica H hinges for an early eighteenth-century Oak press cupboard, fitted with period rose head nails once the hinges were aged and a new iron clasp finished and aged, the customer was very happy with the result.
How do I determine the right replica castings for my restoration project?
When selecting replica castings for antique furniture fittings, it’s essential to consider factors such as the style, period, and design of the furniture piece. Pay attention to details such as hardware size, shape, and finish to ensure a cohesive and authentic restoration.
Are replica castings for antique furniture fittings suitable for all types of furniture?
Replica castings can be adapted to suit a wide range of antique furniture styles and periods, including Victorian, Art Deco, Georgian, and more. Whether restoring a delicate side table or a stately armoire, replica castings offer an authentic touch that enhances the beauty and value of antique furniture.

To discuss replica castings for antique furniture or any aspect of an item of antique furniture that you might wish to conserve or restore please do not hesitate to contact me.

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