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old grates/switch plates/outlet cover sources?

Posted by kaypeakay (My Page) on
Thu, Feb 7, 08 at 1:12

I am looking up "architectural salvage" and old hardware, etc. on google and ebay, have found a couple of sites with old, vintage style grates and switch plate/outlet covers but not a whole lot. Does anyone else have any good sources they would be willing to share? I am usally over on the kitchens or home decorating forums, but thought this might be a more appropriate forum! Thanks in advance for any tips and help.
kpk


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RE: old grates/switch plates/outlet cover sources?

I've found that when looking on ebay, it's best to use the words "vintage" or "antique" in the search. I look for vintage grate, antique grate. Right now, there's quite a few hits with vintage grate. For switchplates, I've never found that you'll get alot of covers at one time and it takes alot of patience to build up a quantity. So, I shop at classicaccents.net. I've purchased also from rejuvenation.com, but the switchplate covers are about the same, just cheaper from classicaccents.

Do you live in a community that has architectural salvage stores? Because grates typically weight alot, often being made of cast iron, you can save on the shipping by shopping in store. That's the way we've purchased the grates that we have purchased. We're in greater Chicago but I've gone to salvage places across the country.

Are you looking for other hardware pieces? If so, try the exact name in your searches.


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RE: old grates/switch plates/outlet cover sources?

Thank you for your reply. I'll check out your suggestions.
kpk


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RE: old grates/switch plates/outlet cover sources?

Historic House Parts in Rochester, NY has some of the things you're looking for.

Here is a link that might be useful: Historic House Parts


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RE: old grates/switch plates/outlet cover sources?

Also houseofantiquehardware.com

Here is a link that might be useful: HouseOfAntiqueHardware.com


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RE: old grates/switch plates/outlet cover sources?

There are companies that make new vintage style hardware parts. We used Rejuvenations light switches and plates in our 1910 house, and they're an almost exact match to the originals.

Here is a link that might be useful: Rejuvenation


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