SHUTTER HOLD OPENS & SHUTTER HOOKS
Beech River Mill Builds Custom Wooden Shutters, Blinds and Doors that are Built on Tradition, Grounded in Craftsmanship and Engineered for Tomorrow - Since 1851
603 Series Shutter Hooks
Shutter Hold-Opens: Shutter Dogs
801 Series English Rattail
802 Series w Soldier
The name came from one of C. S. Forester’s novels wherein Captain Horatio Hornblower was pacing the streets of early 19th century London and noticed the shutter tiebacks “lined like a row of soldiers down the street”. I associate this pattern with the southern states – you see more of them south of the Mason-Dixon than north.
803 Series Salem
This piece was inspired by a sample from Salem, MA; the home dated 1740. The original was dainty in size – a reflection of the cost of early iron. We’ve kept this piece true to the original, same size, same simple lines, forged one by one from a bar of iron (actually steel today) to minimize the use of tongs and to utilize the heat in the bar from the piece just cut off.
804 Series Beacon Hill
Early examples date from around 1800 and it’s advertised in hardware catalogues as late as 1889. I assumed it was local to Boston until I saw examples in Annapolis, Chestertown, and Charlestown, SC. As Boston as beans, this tieback apparently found its way on New England coastal trading vessels and spread along the Atlantic seaboard through the 1800’s. We forge this piece from a bar of ½” square steel. Made exactly the way the originals were, our Beacon Hill Tieback™ has the weight and three dimensionality of the early work – worlds nicer than the machine cut and “roughed up with a hammer” work that’s being imported and sold under the same name today.
805 Series Belmont
We combined some early elements to give this piece the width and visual bulk to balance with the size of her shutters. This is a nice forged piece with strong shadow lines and hammer texture, it has kind of a European feel. Available in various sizes, mild or stainless steel, straight or offset. I’m seeing copies of this piece and others from our original product line being sold on the internet. Many are now imported from India, Columbia, and China . Many are called “Belmont” or “English Rattail”…. those that I’ve seen range from weak to pathetic. None have anything close to the character of our originals. Many are such poor copies that they’ve destroyed the proportions. In general, the imported shutter hardware that I’ve seen represents cheap copies of something somebody mailed offshore or, even worse, something just seen on the internet. It’s made with no understanding of the intended function or evolution of the hardware. It often doesn’t work properly, isn’t adequately finished for exterior use, and just looks cheap – regardless of the price.
807 Series The Charleston
809 Series Savannah Gem
810 Series Sweet Violet
851 Series Plain “S”
853 Series McKinney “S”
855 Series Floral “S”
I decided that if I were an 18 th century smith and was going to the trouble to forge an “S”, I’d spend a little more time and add some detail. Flowers look nice around a house, so I added a Pennsylvania German stylized tulip as the terminations of the “S”. We cut this piece from 1/8” plate in mild or stainless steel. It isn’t really forged, but it’s not so plain and that’s where the pattern & name came from.