We recently supplied a number of original servant bell linkages to aid the restoration of an ex US presidents house in the states.The following link may be of interest to those restoring similar bell systems.
Antique Door Furniture Blog
We've all seen it,a superb restoration marred by using inferior reproduction fittings.
17th & 18th century cottages fitted with the most awful thick black ironmongery in cast iron that bears no resemblance to the genuine article.
Where on earth do they get their designs from,certainly not from original thumb latches & hinges once proudly made by the local blacksmith.
Presumably the terrible mottled or hammered finish is supposed to represent age pitting of the metal but never have I seen anything like it,even on stuff two or three hundred years old.
Door locks are being produced,some of which are pretty good copies,but again embellishments are added which never would have been seen.
Door knobs,particulary made of brass used to be a good rich colour due to a higher proportion of copper in their manufacture,are now mostly that awful light yellow brass colour and of course there is no subsitute for the patina that only comes with age and use.
There is now an endless supply of this stuff being used to point where the next generation or two will have no idea of how good the real thing should be!
Of course there is a need for reproductions but if considering them think about the suitability of them.Your property and the craftsmen that built it deserve better!
Fortunately for the purist a good selection of correct,original fittings and advice are available at antique door fittings
The Victorian Ironmonger