Hinge

Date: 1700–1800

Geography: Made in Hudson Valley, New York, United States

Culture: American

Medium: Wrought iron

Dimensions: H. 21 1/8 in. (53.7 cm)

Classification: Metal

Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. J. Insley Blair, 1949

Accession Number: 49.117.46

Description

The wrought iron produced for Dutch dwellings in upstate New York followed a utilitarian aesthetic. These door hinges feature a swelling, or nail pad, at the end closest to the doorjamb. The pads accommodated additional nails and thus strengthened the hinges’ attachment to the door. This design, based on hardware used throughout the Netherlands in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, is characteristic of hinges produced in Dutch communities in the Hudson River valley.

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