Hinge, Wrought iron, American

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
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 711
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.
Mrs. J. Insley Blair, Tuxedo Park, New York, until 1949