This unusual pair is from the Victorian era and may be of the Eastlake influence. The items are stamped and made by the Russell & Erwin Manufacturing Company of New Britain, Connecticut. The company started manufacturing builder’s hardware in 1846. In the early 1870s Russell & Erwin acquired the Metallic Compression Casting Company which did bronze work and from that time on, the company produced ornamental bronze hardware. Each plate measures 7 inches by 2 1/2 inches. The 1/2-inch inset is 3 inches by 1 5/8 inches. Each plates weighs 1/2 pound.