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From The Anvil Products

Beeswax Finish - (For Internal Use Only)

The beeswax finish is the most authentic finish for steel. When our highly skilled blacksmiths have finished forging each product the colours left in the steel range from blue to deep red ochre. To preserve these beautiful colours and the texture from the hammer and anvil, we apply pure beeswax. This gives a subtle, matt richness to the metal and offers excellent protection when products are fitted internally and properly maintained.

Black Finish - (For Internal or External Use)

Our satin Black Finish is baked in a high-temperature oven giving it an attractive, durable and corrosion-resistant finish which is low maintenance and can be used internally or externally. It is resistant to moisture and can be used in bathrooms and damp conditions. We recommend that this finish is wiped with a lightly oiled cloth from time-to-time which will remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition.        

Black Antique Finish - (For Internal or External Use)

The Antique Black finish is more textured than the satin black, as result of the cast manufacturing process. Like our satin black finish this antique black finish is baked in a high temperature oven giving it a durable and corrosion resistant finish which is low maintenance. We recommend that this finish is wiped with a lightly oiled cloth from time-to-time which will remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition

Pewter Patina Finish* - (For Internal or External Use)

This finish is elegant and beautifully highlights the texture of the steel. The unique and complex process runs deep into the metal resulting in an unmatched contrast of texture and colour. It has excellent anti-corrosion properties but we recommend that this finish is wiped with a lightly oiled cloth from time-to-time which will remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition. * All references to Pewter refers to products being finished with a ‘Pewter Patina Finish’ or ‘Antique Pewter Finish’.   

Antique Pewter Finish* - (For Internal or External Use)

This unique Antique Pewter finish is a complicated process applied to a solid brass base metal giving excellent anti-corrosion properties. It is a close match to our Pewter Patina finish but has a smoother appearance. We recommend that this finish is wiped with a lightly oiled cloth from time-to-time which will remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition. * All references to Pewter refers to products being finished with a ‘Pewter Patina Finish’ or ‘Antique Pewter Finish’.

Bronze Finish - (For Internal or External Use)

Mild steel coated with a permanent bronze finish which is weatherproof and will maintain it’s rich glossy finish for years to come. This finish is elegant and beautifully highlights the rustic and distinctive qualities of the handforging process. It has excellent anti-corrosion properties but we recommend that this finish is wiped with a lightly oiled cloth from time-to-time which will remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition.

Aged Bronze Finish - (For Internal or External Use)

Our Solid Bronze products are manufactured using traditional methods, and contain a very high percentage of copper. The products have a matt oil rubbed finish which aids protection. This finish is unlaquered and can initially look very dark. However, Aged Bronze is a living finish that will gradually oxidize over time, achieving a warm patina and a depth to the product that simulates historical quality (see page 64). Lightening the finish can be accelerated effortlessly, by hand polishing with a heavy dry cloth.

Polished Brass Finish - (For Internal or External Use)

All of our Polished Brass products are manufactured to the highest standards and come un-lacquered, to retain the original finish. Regular polishing with a good quality metal polish is essential. However, if the intention is to allow the surface to age through oxidization, no attention needs to be given. Over time the brass will acquire a darker and more aged patina.

Rosewood Finish - (For Internal or External Use)

Our Rosewood products are strong and heavy with a richly hued reddish colour and much darker veining. Can be polished or waxed to maintain the vibrancy of the wood and to give overall protection. Designed to be used internally but can also be used externally if maintained with Anvil wax. We recommend that this finish is wiped with a lightly oiled cloth from time-to-time which will remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition.

Aged Brass Finish - (For Internal or External Use)

To achieve the Aged Brass Finish we accelerate the ageing process of the un-lacquered brass then re-polish. The result is a beautiful finish which hightlights any dark detail on the product. To retain the original finish, regular polishing with a good quality metal polish is essential. However, if the intention is to allow the surface to age through oxidization, no attention needs to be given. Over time the brass will acquire a darker and more aged patina.

Iron Finish - (For Internal or External Use)

This product is made from Iron & exhibits the natural beauty and texture of the metal. It is cast and dressed giving a tactile finish. It is protected from weather and high moisture areas by a clear powder coating process which also gives it its colour. We recommend that this finish is wiped with a lightly oiled cloth from time-to-time which will remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition.              

Natural Smooth Finish - (For Internal Use Only)

A natural cast iron, finished with a clear matt lacquer which produces a beautifully smooth look and feel with subtle highlights from the base metal. This is only intended for internal use. If fitted externally i.e in an enclosed porch/bathroom, it will need to be treated with Maintenance Wax periodically.We recommend that this finish is wiped with a lightly oiled cloth from time-to-time which will remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition.

Natural Textured Finish - (For Internal Use Only)

A textured cast iron, finished with a clear matt lacquer which is only intended for internal use. If fitted externally i.e in an enclosed porch/bathroom it will need to be treated with Maintenance Wax periodically. We recommend that this finish is wiped with a lightly oiled cloth from time-to-time which will remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition.

Polished Chrome Finish - (For Internal or External Use)

A highly polished finish which reflects like a mirror. A base metal of either solid brass or steel, which has a quality chrome plating applied to its surface to give a highly desirable finish. We recommend that this finish is wiped with a lightly oiled cloth from time-to-time which will remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition.

Satin Chrome Finish - (For Internal or External Use)

A highly polished finish which is then treated to leave a subtle matt look. A base metal of either solid brass or steel, which has a quality chrome plating applied to it’s surface to give a highly desirable finish. We recommend that this finish is wiped with a lightly oiled cloth from time-to-time which will remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition.

Polished Nickel Finish - (For Internal or External Use)

A highly polished finish with a nickel plating applied to a solid brass substrate. Nickel is similar to the polished chrome (silver) finish but with a slightly warmer tone. An unlacquered finish because nickel will not tarnish. We still recommend that this finish is wiped with a lightly oiled cloth from time-to-time which will remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition.

Ebony Finish - (For Internal or External Use)

Our Ebonised products have a rich, dark look and feel for a very distinctive quality. The material has a very high density and fine texture which gives a very smooth finish. Can be polished or waxed to maintain the vibrance of the wood and to give overall protection. Designed to be used internally but can also be used externally if maintained with Anvil wax & wiped with a lightly oiled cloth from time-to-time which will remove harmful deposits.

Warning: The chemicals in wet plaster and wet paint will rust our products. Only fit your new ironmongery when you have made sure that all new plaster is fully cured and paint has dried.

Also, we do not recommend using our products in coastal areas as the salt content in the air will rust all finishes. Only 316 marine grade stainless steel will not rust in this sort of environment and therefore our products cannot be guaranteed.


Heritage Brass/M Marcus

Matt Bronze