THE BEAUTY OF an antique front door is enhanced by its graceful handle, ornamental escutcheon, rococo hinges, brass letter drop and rose-petal doorbell. Yet good period architectural hardware is hard to find. Still, a few local firms do supply it.
SECO makes hand-cast, hand-finished brass door handles, knobs, pulls, push plates, kick plates, escutcheons, escutcheon plates, hinge straps, latch sets, security locks, knockers, mail slots, bells, grilles, key blanks, hardware for windows, casements and shutters.
SECO is a division of Plexacraft, manufacturer of contemporary and Art Deco Lucite hardware. Its foundry also does custom art-casting, while another subsidiary supplies white porcelain doorknobs and accessories.
Plexacraft metals come in all finishes, including French white. There are decorative stair-riser bars with brass, porcelain and Lucite finials, and baroque escutcheons shaped like lizards, peacocks and fleurs-de-lis. The company customizes tile insets, sells Oriental patterns and imports glass doorknobs. Plexacraft products are displayedat its Glendale showroom.