Ironmongery is a term used to describe a wide variety of iron-made household items and utensils which are also mixed with other industrial substances and minerals. Generally, it refers to the manufacture of different household utensils and other appliances that are made of iron. The history of the use of iron-made products can be traced back in the earliest human civilization and which was flourished during the middle ages up to the 18th century.
Today, incorporating traditional and classic designs of iron made products had gained generous interests and popularity especially in the different home decors like knockers and letter plate. The demand for classic and traditional iron-made products incredibly increase from restoring classic homes and redesigning modern homes that have traditional themes, crafts and furniture. Also the traditional letter plates, iron door knobs, locks, hinges, cabinet fittings as well as classic windows and furniture had also gained high demands.
The architectural designs and patterns of the middle ages and the early 18th and 19th century has always failed to fascinate the people until now. Some would even cherish the way the products during those period was intricately and elegantly designed. Who would forget those symbolic castles, elegantly dressed nobility and of course their classic and spacious homes. But most of all, the symbolic letter plates of the Middle Ages and the 18th and 19th centuries that is making a comeback today. These letter plates are known for its simple yet classic designs, ranging from gold-plated plates to those fabricated with the textures of malleable iron and brass.
The mystery and elegance of the Middles Aged may be reason why its symbolic designs are making a comeback in the application of classic and traditional designs and architecture to today's modern house and furniture. The industry today are into designing and manufacturing of traditional letter plates using modern processes like galvanizing and powder coating.
Today, there are many cast iron letter plates manufacturers that are engaged in designing traditional and modern designs and even incorporating the two to produce more classic yet sophisticated letter plate designs.