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Best of British

At Shop4handles we are very keen to support British made products. Not only is British made ironmongery far superior to any of that imported from the likes of China and India, but the options available to the customer in terms of product design and finish are vast.

We have previously showcased a number of the British manufacturers we are able to supply such as Frank Allart and Samuel Heath and these articles can be found on our news thread. However we would also like to take this opportunity to showcase more of the products and finishes that are available from these and other British manufacturers we can provide.

Quality of Product

With all of the British manufacturers we deal with, the quality of the product is second to none and is certainly a cut above the vast majority of those products that are generally available on the market. Attention to detail and quality control are paramount, this coupled with the fact that the products are made using traditional and original castings, along with the use of quality brass, makes for a high quality end product.

Quality British made Ironmongery

Quality British made Ironmongery

Range of finishes

One other huge advantage of British made ironmongery is the huge variety of finishes available. Whereas most of the products on the market are only available in polished brass, polished chrome and satin chrome, British manufacturers are able to provide products in a huge array of finishes both modern and traditional. All of our British made products are available in not only the three finishes listed previously but also in antique brass, satin brass, un-lacquered brass, real bronze, imitation bronze, polished nickel and satin nickel. Some of the manufacturers go further to offer even more bespoke finishes such as polished bronze, rustic bronze, oil rubbed bronze, dark bronze and antique nickel among others which include distressed versions of some the finishes already mentioned which offer a more rustic and traditional feel.

A selection of bespoke finishes available

Bespoke items

Bespoke made products

Bespoke made products

One other advantage that puts the British manufacturers in a league of their own is their ability to manufacture bespoke products. It is often the case, especially on older buildings, that if an original product fails or generally needs replacing that the design of product is no longer available. In order to keep the original design style that is seen throughout the building or to copy an existing product it is necessary to get a specific product made to a certain specification. This is possible as many of the manufacturers still have many original castings or can indeed replicate old products.

Bespoke made lock and handle & lever lock set

Bespoke made lock and handle & lever lock set

Furthermore it is possible for a variety of completely bespoke products to be manufactured from conceptual drawings and design ideas, although this may be restricted by tooling and other costs depending on the number of products to be made. Some examples of what we have done in the past for our clients include the replication of original fittings from a grade 2 listed building and at the other end of the scale some contemporary chrome cupboard knobs.

As you can see there are many advantages to selecting British made ironmongery products, not only do they offer a high quality, well made product in a number of finishes but in supporting our manufacturers we are helping to drive our economy forward. The only thing to consider with these products is that they do carry a lead time of up to 4 weeks as many of them are made to order.

If you have any enquiries or questions regarding British ironmongery manufacturers or the products that are available, please do not hesitate to contact us either via e-mail at or via phone on 01344 876955 and we will do our best to assist you.

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