The latest comedy instalment from Horton Brasses just arrived in my in-box and I thought I would share the highlights with those who don’t subscribe to it…
From 1690 until 1730, William and Mary were the monarchs of England. It was during this time that iron was the most common material used for making hardware. Then, between 1689 and 1702 brass quickly became a popular hardware choice. In 1702 Queen Anne became the ruler of not only England but Scotland and Ireland as well. During her reign hardware was either very plain or hand chased.
Okay, we know what you’re thinking, “who cares?” Actually, you may find it interesting that hand chased hardware, popularized by the reign of Queen Anne, has all but nearly disappeared from the modern world. Authentic pieces are a rarity and companies who produce hand chased materials are far and few between. The Queen Anne style is simple and eloquent. In fact, most hand chased pieces of the late 17th and early 18th century tended to have floral, botanical themes. Natural curves and leaf-life designs gave these pieces an incredibly earth-like style. To better understand the hand chased technique, the closest comparison to modern day methods is embossing. Hand chased, as well as embossed pieces, are given ornate features by graving, furrowing or indenting patterns into the material.
You can read an alternative take on monarchs and reigns in The Queen is Dead… uh… Long Live the Queen!