vintage cabinet hardware and mortise hinges
We are hoping to have custom cabinets for our kitchen. Waiting on estimate. The estimate will be w/out the hardware, as we are still deciding and will just purchase on our own. Looking for 1920's era pulls, knobs, latches as well as mortise hinges. Two questions: 1. Have looked at stuff online and would love to be able to actually pick up some of this stuff to help make a decision. Of course we can order multiple possibilities and then just return what we don't want, but would be so much nicer to go to a big hardware store w/lots of choices on hand. I'm in capital district of NY state. Anyone know of places, even as far as Syracuse, Boston, NYC that have lots of vintage hardware on hand?
2. Anyone familiar w/durability of various price ranges of mortise hinge? We have a great one we ordered to look at that was used by cabinet maker to make a sample cabinet door, but we bought it on sale for $10. It's normally $25. A lot like it in this price range when full price. That's a lot for so many cabinets. There are some for less, but not sure how much you pay for what you get w/hinges. We are looking for something that really lasts. Or, do most of the vintage hardware places (Rejuvination, Vandykes, etc have pretty regular sales, so we can just wait and purchase on sale?