Stamped brass furniture pulls were mostly paired with steel bails. Pulls such as these were less expensive, than the higher quality cast-brass pulls, and used on furniture in the commoner’s homes. This set may have come off of a dresser or buffet. Its Victorian pattern of leaves and ribbons, however, still receives respect because of its fancy design.
Each back plate measures 4 1/4 inches across and 1 3/4 inches vertically. Because the bail is wide and low-slung, the drop from the top of the back plate to the bottom of the bail is 2 1/2 inches. The hole centers are 3 inches. Common eye bolts are used which insert into the front of the drawer and secured on the back with nuts.
We have cleaned this set, but it has not been sprayed with a sealer. (We don’t believe in that.) The brass will naturally darken over the years to a golden patina. There are a few dings in the back plates, but remember this set is some 90 to 100 years old. All the bails match, and all the nuts are included.