Popular Finishes


When you are choosing items to complete or complement your home, the finish of the chosen item is equally important to its form (some might argue more important!).  Our products come in many finishes from polished brass, chrome and nickel, to satin, antiqued and aged - we have it all.  The following is an explanation of some of the popular finishes we offer that apply across most of our departments:

 

 


Polished Brass Unlacquered
Most of our stocked polished brass is unlacquered (which means there is no lacquer to break-down).  From new, it has a bright-mirrored finish and after a short time it mellows and over further time it oxidizes and ends up having a soft brown patina.  If you wish to preserve the polished finish, you will need to polish with a metal polish. Alternatively, if left unpolished the item will slowly develop an aged appearance. Clean with a soft damp cloth followed by an application of a quality wax polish.

 
 Polished Brass Lacquered 

Polished Brass Lacquered
Lacquered Polished Brass should retain the polished appearance for a period and should not be polished with abrasive polishes/cleaners as this will break down the lacquer. Like paint and varnish, with use and over time the lacquer will break down causing the items to look “scruffy” and require attention. Clean with a soft damp cloth followed by an application of a quality wax polish.

 

“Stainless” Brass
Stainless Brass is a high-tech finish that looks like Polished Brass, but isn't!  It has a guaranteed life of 25 years and will not oxidise or tarnish and is resistant to acid rain and pollution. This is a low maintenance finish and can be cleaned by wiping with a soft cloth.  If you like a bright shiny look but without the polishing, this is the finish for you!

 

Hand Aged Brass (Unlacquered)
Hand Aged Brass is antiqued by hand as a bespoke service produced by one of our in-house specialist Crafstman. Being Hand Aged, no two pieces are ever identical.  Any items that we offer on our website in Polished Brass Unlacquered can be Hand Aged and finished as "Medium" Hand Aged by default.  We can also make the finish darker or lighter, for example to match other products you have.  Please contact us to discuss. Clean with a soft damp cloth followed by an application of a quality wax polish.

 

Antique Satin Brass (Unlacquered)
Antique Satin Brass is a stocked range designed to look old. Recesses are very dark and main surfaces have a quite dull/satin finish. Being unlacquered, the finish forms an even more characterful look over time and can be polished (if desired) to create a warm loved finish. Clean with a soft damp cloth followed by an application of a quality wax polish.

 

Dark Antique Relief (Unlacquered)
Everything from our Antique Satin Brass collection can be refinished for you by our specialist craftsman to give this handsome finish. This is a darker finish with some areas polished back in some areas to look "worn". Other Unlacquered Polished Brass items can also be aged similar to Dark Antique Relief finish so you can carry this look throughout your home. Clean with a soft damp cloth followed by an application of a quality wax polish.

 

Antique Brass (Unlacquered)
Antique Brass is a stocked range with polished areas where natural wear would take place with recesses a medium bronze finish. Many more items are available to order as well as a lacquered version to order. Clean with a soft damp cloth followed by an application of a quality wax polish.

 

Polished Nickel
Polished Nickel appears similar to Polished Chrome in that they both have silver tones, but Nickel displays a warmer tone with an antique look to many items. Clean with a soft damp cloth followed by an application of a quality wax polish.

 

Pewter
Pewter is an ageless metal. It has a warm and lustrous quality, which is hand-finished to give a unique patina. Not plated or lacquered, Pewter has no coating to degrade. Only the best-quality lead-free Pewter is used (min 92% tin), and is entirely safe to use anywhere in the home. It does not rust, is hard-wearing and easy to keep clean with a soft damp cloth.

 

Polished Chrome
English versions of Chrome items are Hand Polished Brass that is then given a primer plating of copper, followed by Nickel plating and then finished with a protective hard coating of Chromium. Items would benefit from the occasional wipe with a cloth impregnated with a light oil or wax polish. Imported Polished Chrome has the same appearance but not necessarily the same three-stage plating process. Clean with a soft damp cloth followed by an application of a quality wax polish.

 

Satin Chrome
Satin Chrome is normally achieved by abrading the brass to form a satin finish prior to Chrome plating. This finish is less likely to show finger prints etc. Clean with a soft damp cloth followed by an application of a quality wax polish.

 

Rustic Bronze
Rustic Bronze is cast in Solid Bronze and has a fine textured surface for a characterful rustic look. Being the same metal that bronze statues are made from, the life of this metal is exceptional. Clean with a soft damp cloth followed by an application of a quality wax polish.

 

Real Bronze Metal Antique
Real Bronze Metal Antique (RMBA) is cast from Solid Bronze and firstly goes through a polishing process and is then placed in an oven to a high temperature which gives it a lovely traditional quality antique look.

 Polished Bronze

Polished Bronze
Polished Bronze is highly polished Solid Bronze and it has a coppery-brass colour.  When it mellows it is a lovely warm cosy colour. Clean with a soft damp cloth followed by an application of a quality wax polish.

 

Mellow Polished Bronzed
Mellow Polished Bronze is a hard-wearing applied finish which resembles the "real thing" (solid bronze) but is applied to some cast/malleable iron items. Clean with a soft damp cloth followed by an application of a quality wax polish.

 

Antique Black Ironwork
Antique Black Ironwork is a huge collection that is made from malleable cast iron and has a textured surface to replicate hand-beaten metal and has a hard wearing Black Epoxy Powder coating. (Other finishes are available on the base metal) Clean with a soft damp cloth followed by an application of a lightly oiled cloth.

 

Smooth Black Ironwork
Smooth Black Ironwork is a limited range and is made in the same way as Antique Black Ironwork and goes through the same process as the Antique Black Ironwork but has a smooth surface which is sometimes preferred by Conservation Officers. Clean with a soft damp cloth followed by an application of a lightly oiled cloth.

 

All items in all finishes with moving parts will require occasional lubricating for a smoother operation and an extended functional life.