The term Architectural Ironmongery refers to the Manufacturer and wholesale of items made from steel , iron , aluminum , brass and other metals.
Architectural Ironmongery has multiple uses around the home, also described as architectural hardware these items commonly include door handles , door locks , door closers, door locks and door hinges (collectively known as door furniture) , window fittings such as casement and stays and fasteners .
Use of architectural Ironmongery in buildings has a long tradition and before mass production methods items were manufactured by local blacksmiths producing items for houses.
The industrial revolution pushed forward the manufacture of architectural ironmongery and mass production became more widespread but production remained regional.
In 1961 the guild of Architectural Ironmongers was established to promote standards throughout the architectural ironmongery industry and still manages an accreditation scheme, guildmark and a registered architectural ironmonger programme.
The guild of Architectural Ironmongers are currently the UKs only trade body dedicated to promoting the interests of the whole architectural ironmongery industry from Ironmongers to wholesalers of architectural Ironmongery products.
There are different types of Ironmongery, malleable iron and cast iron ironmongery and although they may look the very similar the cast iron is not of the same quality and will break .
Manufacturer Kirkpatrick has long enjoyed a reputation of being a leading supplier of High quality architectural ironmongery and their products are made of the best quality malleable iron.
Kirkpatrick Malleable Iron products are hand made in their foundry in walsall using a greensand casting process. initially the castings are hard but brittle and unable to be hammered so they undergo a heat treatment known as ‘annealing’ where the castings are surrounded but haematite ore and loaded into large ovens. After 2 days the ovens have reached a temperature of 980 c The castings are then soaked at this temperature and cooled naturally. This process changes the structure of the castings and instead of being hard and brittle they become soft and malleable. Once they are blasted and ground to remove rough edges the products are assembled and rustproofed before being ready for a final inspection.
Over the years Architectural Ironmongery has remained popular and is often the first and only choice for many, including those undertaking period home renovations with the chunky, black gothic look that many items possess being ever popular and lending a real ‘aged’ and sympathetic tone to renovations.
Architectural Ironmongery look like a classic item that will remain forever stylish.