Since 1914, Frank Allart has been producing exceptional English hardware.
In 1914, George Allart launched his own business, starting out in a small workshop located within the premises of a company owned by a family friend. By the conclusion of the First World War, he had acquired his own premises in Balsall Heath, Birmingham, and commenced production of brass foundry products for the architectural, marine, and railway trades. In 1917, his son Frank joined the family enterprise as an apprentice patternmaker, beginning at the young age of fourteen.
In September 1945, at the end of World War II, Frank officially re-registered the business as Frank Allart & Company Ltd. The company began producing a diverse range of architectural hardware, utilizing various materials such as brass, bronze, aluminium, and zinc. During this period, the company established a reputation for innovation, holding numerous patents and registered designs for door furniture, letter plates, and door bolts. In particular, their 5640 flush bolt proved to be a great success with annual sales exceeding a quarter of a million pieces throughout the 1970s and 1980s. Interestingly, this design of bolt action is now a common feature in the hardware industry, though few are aware that it was actually an invention designed and patented by Frank Allart himself.
At Frank Allart, customers can choose from a collection of over 40 metal finishes and patinas that are both traditional and exclusive. Their skilled craftspeople apply these finishes to the highest possible standards, meeting the discerning expectations of today's customers. The hand-finished patinas are known for their inherent variation in colour and texture, and over time, they will develop a unique character and elegance through gradual wear and oxidization. Some finishes have a lacquer coating to preserve the original finish, but we advise against using them in high-traffic areas or extreme locations, as the lacquer may break down prematurely.
Frank Allart, a designer with numerous awards, has created the Precision collection, which offers customizable hardware options for doors, windows, and cabinets. The collection features eight distinct textures, such as Smooth, Square Mesh, Spiral/Starburst, Rotor, Diamond Mesh, Diamond Knurl, Groove, and Linear. By combining these textures with different designs, sizes, and finishes, the collection offers over 50 million standard options to create a unique and personalized combination.
Frank Allart offer a Custom Made Service they have a simple philosophy. If you want it, we'll build it. They have made countless custom products for customers over the years and feel it is still an important service to give. Allowing our customers to create hardware that suits their ideas and dreams, and helps them fully realise their designs.
To see how we can help bring your dreams to life, get in touch with us and talk to one of our experienced sales team who will talk you through every stage of the process.
Frank Allart has developed a personalized visualization tool that allows you to effortlessly explore hardware combinations and select precisely what you require for your upcoming project. If you wish to visualize your knob or lever, you can utilize our Configurator tool, which displays how our knobs or levers appear with various backplates.
The Frank Allart Cabinet Hardware is often referred to as "home jewellery" and is utilized to embellish high-end homes, luxurious hotels, and historic structures across the globe. By clicking on the link provided, you can access a booklet that showcases their vast collection of cabinet knobs and pulls. The cabinet knobs now come with various rosette combinations, providing design flexibility and allowing the specifier to mix finishes between the knob and rosette to create a distinctive and personalized look. With over 30 different finishes and patinas to choose from, their cabinet furniture is crafted to complement their complete range of door and window furniture.
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T.H Wiggans Ironmongery
For many years, T.H Wiggans Ironmongery in Kendal has been the primary supplier of Frank Allart Hardware, which has adorned many of the grand houses in the Lake District that you see today. Frank Allart provides a bespoke service, where many of the items are custom-made to suit your requirements. The lead time for these items is typically 4-6 weeks, depending on the complexity of the request.
Frank Allart offers a vast array of door, window, and cabinet fittings, some of which are modeled after designs from different historical periods. They provide customers with a range of options to choose from, including over 100 unique designs for door knobs or levers, along with matching or complementary designs for rosettes or plates, all of which come in various sizes. You can browse through the images and links provided below and if you need any additional information, please don't hesitate to get in touch with us.