A work-horse among hinges… a machine for opening a door, evolved over centuries to provide maximum hold at minimum cost. The long arm of the traditional T-hinge provides an extra brace for boarded doors and spreads the fixings over a wider area of wood.
The deep shoulder and generous fixings make the garnet strong enough to hang the carpenter, not just the door. Forgeries’ hand-made garnets – aka ‘penny-enders – all have a welded knuckle and a proper sized pin to give this classic traditional hinge a timeless elegance.
Length ? They’ll all do the job, all strong enough to hang a fire door. If you want a rule, carpenters will tell you ‘two-thirds’ of the door width but whatever looks right to you is the answer. Even a longer one at the top, shorter at the bottom, can look good.
Other versions include the Strap and Pintle, the Bean (an American, New England pattern), the more ornate Arrow Head, the Dove-tail (for some reason a version widely used in Wales and on chest lids) and the Snakes Tongue (French, the end of the long strap split in two, with each arm curled in or out).