Victorian Source for restoration and decorating


Victorian Source contains the best sources for home and furniture restoration or decorating in the Victorian style that we have found over the last few years. Some inform you on Victorian times and customs (including historical articles and pictures for reference), some have wonderful Victorian items for sale, and some have authentic and reproduction items to restore or decorate your home in the Victorian style. Look through these sources before you finish your Victorian shopping. Victoriana lives on!

Check out the books page - many of these wonderful books on Victoriana are discounted, and all received great reviews. These books include Victorian house plans, pictures of Victorian clothing through the entire era, antique patterns for "stained glass" windows, instructions" on making your own "Victorian" lace, how to decorate in the Victorian style, and so much more!


VICTORIAN HARDWARE AND FIXTURES

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Home Decorators Collection has absolutely beautiful, quality items at amazing prices for every area of the house and yard. You won't find nicer bathroom sink cabinets and wall cabinets, even hampers that are ornate enough for the truest Victorian. Choose from daybeds in styles from Victorian to Mission, an "antique" trundle bed, silk draperies, comforters, cheval mirrors, and folding screen room dividers in 3-, 4- or 5-panel selections of all types of materials and colors. And, the Coventry baker's rack with storage would fit in any Antique kitchen. Use your Home Depot Consumer Credit Card at Home Decorators Collection and receive special financing!

Design Toscano has historical and antique replicas in styles of French, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, and Classic. The door handles and knockers are definitely out of the ordinary. And, they have a large selection of rods and finials to display their beautiful tapestries.

Signature Hardware (formerly Clawfoot Supply) has a nice selection of clawfoot tubs. More important to some of you, they offer supplies for the clawfoot bathtub - just about anything you could think of or want. You don't have to pass up any great old tub because it is not complete or toss the incomplete tub your grand old Victorian came with. Or you could get the authentic look in every part of the bathroom (even water feeds, shut-off valves, diverter valves, and drains) with brand new reproductions that are nice enough to leave showing. They also carry faucets (for tub, shower, sink and kitchen), shower kits for clawfoot tubs, shower accessories, and those great-looking holders for soap, cup and sponge (over the side, wall mounted, or mounted on the riser).

Plumbing Express has a large selection of bathroom and kitchen fixtures, including clawfoot tubs and pedestal sinks. They even have a shell whirlpool tub, a sink shaped like a flower, and faucets of swans or dolphins. Our favorite lines are: Revival, Memoirs, Vintage, Antique, Georgian, Elizabethan, Fleur, Portrait and Anatole - but check out all of their lines. Some of the styles might be called Art Nouveau, and some might be called Art Deco, besides those in the Victorian style. Their "Antique" faucet handles are too cool. And, their color options are also online, including a match of our very own seafoam green.

Arnold & Oakley Architectural Ironmongery are "Suppliers of door and window hardware. Specialists in period and traditional fixtures and fittings. Ideal for renovation of old houses. Fast and reliable world-wide mail order service." (We couldn't say it any better than they did.) Arnold & Oakley have a large selection of very nice items in hand-forged iron, black antique iron, flat black iron, chrome, brass, and Florentine bronze that you probably could never find locally. And, where but Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire, could you find authentic door pushers? Just a few of the other unusual items (besides locks, handles, escutcheons and much more) include window stays, bell pulls, door studs, rose head cut nails, and little grills for use with the little "peephole" doors.

Ed Donaldson Hardware Restorations specializes in restored antique hardware. Included antique hardware are items such as rim locks (box locks), door knobs, door bells and knockers, cabinet hardware, bronze and iron mortise locks, hinges and miscellaneous items that are used in restoring early houses or in new construction.

Shop 4 Classics has wonderful bath hardware and accessories, door and cabinet hardware, hooks, racks, stair hardware, and more. Their line of toilet paper holders is the most extensive we've seen. And, the claw-foot tub faucets (including hand-held) are terrific.                  

Paxton Hardware, Ltd., has beautiful lamps and lamp fittings. Very affordable, too.                        

Van Dykes Restorers (formerly Antique Hardware and Home Store) has just about everything (great faucets, hooks of all kinds, tin ceilings - just to name a very few). One highlight is the collection of Retro cabinet knobs - the mint green ones would be a perfect match for depression glass dishware. New reproductions and some real antiques, and some things that were never in a vintage home but are still worth checking out.

Affordable Antique Bath & More has wonderful antique and reproduction items. These include crystal, brass or pewter cabinet knobs and pulls and door handles; claw-foot bathtubs in cast iron or acrylic; pedestal sinks; weather vanes; pull-chain toilets; shower rods and curtain rods for antique tubs, and oversized shower curtains to go with them; bath accessories; and more. Prices are also listed, and their new claw-foot tubs include free shipping.

Eugenia's Antique Hardware - a million antique hardware items may not be an exaggeration. These include: doorknobs and plates, furniture handles and pulls, window handles, coat hooks, curtain tiebacks, bathroom accessories, doorbells, doorknockers, and much more. On the plus side, the pages and photos load very quickly and the pictures can all be enlarged to see detail. On the down side, there is no way to get back home once you start going through their online catalogue. There also seems to be no index or category page for quick browsing. If you do find something you like, you may want to search ebay before buying - we've seen many of these on ebay for 1/5 the price.

Bathroom Machineries has items (new reproductions and authentic antiques) for just about everything in your Victorian home - ceramic faucet handles; knobs, bumpers, caps and pulls for pull toilets; towel stands, and brass razor and shaving brush holders; D, U, L and ring shower rods; shower conversion kits; glass pulls and knobs; pull toilets and tanks; faucets; tubs in clawfoot and pedestal styles, sidefill tubs, tub foot kits, and refinished antique tubs; tub faucets, supplies and drains; and so much more. Their antique items list is also quite extensive, and they can restore your own antique items.


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