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FINISHES

Match Your Entire Home with Nostalgic Warehouse™ Finishes

To many, the finish on their hardware is as important as the design.  This is the reason we spend so much time and effort to achieve beautiful, flawless finishes on our products.

The foundation of our finishes is forged brass. Forging creates a product without defects, pits, holes, etc. It also provides excellent detail, which is very important to our intricate designs. The cast brass process used by many manufacturers cannot match the beautiful results produced by forging experts.

Living and Lacquered Finishes

When choosing a finish, the basic question is whether you want your finish to change with use and time. Unlacquered brass achieves a beautiful, warm patina over time. Otherwise, if you want your brass hardware to remain new-looking, it must be lacquered after polishing.

Antique Brass (AB)

Antique Brass is for anyone who likes the look of aged brass but doesn’t want to wait for unlacquered brass to gather a patina. It’s polished and relieved, then satin-lacquered to lock-in its appearance. The Antique Brass finish is beautiful, with a softer look than polished brass.

Antique Pewter (AP)

Slightly darker than satin nickel, Antique Pewter is darkened, then relieved to give a moderately-aged appearance.  It then receives several coats of satin lacquer to freeze its beauty in time.

Bright Chrome (BC)

Other than polished brass, Bright Chrome has been the most-used finish for brass hardware and plumbing. It sparkles and doesn’t age or tarnish. This finish can’t be beat for durability.

Lifetime Brass (PVD) (LB)

Lifetime Brass is a PVD polished brass option. PVD stands for physical vapor deposition, a process used to create a very durable, corrosion and tarnish resistant finish. This is similar in appearance to highly polished brass. PVD finish is commonly used for bathroom fixtures and entry hardware, which are exposed to frequent moisture and/or salt air.

Oil-Rubbed Bronze (OB)

Oil-Rubbed Bronze is a living finish that is oxidized, oiled and left to change with time. It is the purist’s bronze finish, but will not suit those who want their bronze to be forever dark.

Polished Brass (PB)

Polished Brass is the most traditional finish.  It constantly goes in and out of style and makes almost everything look good, just like gold jewelry.

Satin Nickel (SN)

Satin Nickel is an extremely popular finish that works equally well on traditional, vintage or contemporary hardware and is neutral enough to coordinate with any door color. The Satin Nickel finish is brushed to obtain a soft luster, then satin-lacquered for protection.

Timeless Bronze (TB)

Timeless Bronze is the most practical bronze finish. We oxidize our brass, then relieve the edges to reveal a hint of lighter bronze underneath.  We then use satin-lacquer to provide a satisfying patina for the ages.

Unlacquered Brass (ULB)

Brass hardware started outpolished and unlacquered. Before lacquers, people either polished their brass hardware to keep it shiny, or let it gather a rich patina. Only you can decide which is best for your home.