Help find replacement door hinge

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Old 01-07-16, 07:26 AM
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Help find replacement door hinge

I'm replacing these old hinges, want to go with polished brass. Would like to get as close to these as possible (square corners, ball finial)

3 1/2" x 3 1/2"
Square corner
Ball top
with three screws on each leaf

I saw the ones on houseofantiquehardware.com

Thanks for any help

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Old 01-07-16, 08:59 AM
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Vandykes has them in solid brass if your pockets are deep. They also have plated steel.

Loose Pin Ball Tip Door Hinges - Pair | Van Dyke’s Restorers®

Hardware source and Woodworkers Hardware would be other potential sources.
 
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Old 01-07-16, 09:23 AM
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Thanks but $48 a pair is way to much for me. would like the solution to be as cheap as possible
but if there are any other suggestions from anyone, please post
 
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Well, unless they are mechanically worn out, you could disassemble, clean in paint remover, polish them up, give them a coat of spray lacquer, and you'll be good to go. Won't look like new, but will look a whole lot better.
 
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Thanks, I had also considered that as a last resort.
 
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I thought the old hinges were plated. If they are solid brass, polish them. After serving in the Navy for 20 + years, I can tell you the brass will shine.
 
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It's hard for me to tell. The hinges have been painted over and blackened with tarnish. I tried polishing them with some very fine steel wool and got mixed results. The brass color seems uneven so I'm thinking they are plated..maybe I'll try to scratch the door casing side with a knife and see what I can see..
 
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Probably not standard shelf items, so you'll have to look at their site, but am pretty sure that Stanley, and probably others, sell the finials that you can add to to at least some of their stock hinges that you can buy at your local hardware store.
 
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Thanks aka Pedro. I'll consider that as an option too
 
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Base material
Is a magnet attracted to a hinge leaf (avoid screws, knuckles and tips)? Yes -- plated steel; No -- brass.

Removing paint
Avoid abrasives if a satin finish is not acceptable; this includes steel wool. Soak in paint remover and "scrape" with a plastic blade resistant to the paint remover.

Finish
From your picture, you are in for a lot of polishing, assuming they are brass or properly plated.

Replacement hinges
Be prepared to drill and plug existing screw holes (non-template) unless screw locations are a perfect match. 3" hinges are usually sold in pairs. If you need 1 pair your cost will double.

You'll have to decide whether the ball-tips are worth it.
 
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Good points. I think houseofantiquehardware.com is my best price yet at 14.99 each plus shipping. The hinges are beat and I don't think the end result of polishing these by hand are worth my time. The results I've had so far are far from perfect. I think I'll just bite the bullet and spend the money on replacements.
 
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Brian - I'm still polishing brass. I have some ship's plaques on my love me wall that I polish every couple of months.
 
 

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