This heavily decorated cast bronze hinge is embossed with its maker name: A. H. Andrews & Co. of Chicago. Alfred Andrews started his furniture business in the 1850s and became the largest firm in Chicago furniture industry during the 1880s. The company made school and office furniture until the mid 1890s when they went out of business. Then why this heavy, large door hinge?
This hinge is “over-the-top.” It has an elaborate deep-cut pattern of flowers and leaves. The finials are large and exceed any steeple pin one would see on any other hinge. The pattern continues on the back. The hinge is 3/8 inch thick. The hinge weighs 1 1/4 pounds.
The hinge is a lift-off hinge for a left-hand door. It measures 4 3/8 inches vertically and horizontally. Each wing is 2 inches wide. From tip of one finial to the other is 7 1/2 inches.
This is truly a piece of art, one that is over 100 years old. Let us know if screws are needed. Margaret visions this hinge as being used for art rather than on a door.