These folding chest handles are made strictly in the style of 18th-century handles used on wooden chests- especially tool chests. The heart motif backplate is copied from an original and is very common in early-American ironwork, most notably among the blacksmiths of the Pennsylvania-Dutch and New England Moravian communities. The hand-forged handle bow has built-in stops to keep the handle from folding all the way upward when lifted, making for a comfortable hold with which to lift a heavy chest. The handle is assembled to the hand-cut backplate using traditional cold-riveted mortise-and-tenon joints, and the slightly countersunk attachment holes in the plate work well with either screws or our hand-forged nails. Made completely by hand, these authentic chest handles are a nice touch to any chest, and could easily give generations of dependable service.
This particular matched pair is unique, the bails being heavier than our usual stock.
Measures 5 3/8” x 3 1/4”. Horizontal measurement inside bail is 3 1/2”