House Numbering Around The World

Recently, we shared with you how house numbering works here in the United States. When you buy a stylish set of iron house numbers from us, you know those numbers are usually based on the distance from a central baseline or point in your town or city. The concept of house numbering didn’t really take off until the 18th century in Europe. True to form though, the numbering system is different all across the European continent, and around the world. We’ll look at how a few of our global neighbors do it. In the canal city of Venice, houses are numbered within districts called sestieri. This means that only 6 series exist in the city. Within the cities of Florence and Genoa, numbers for residences are marked in black or blue, while businesses are often assigned red numbers. There are several areas in England, particularly in rural parts, where houses are named but they never…read more

The Folklore Of Iron

Iron has been part of the story of humanity for centuries. It’s been used to create buildings, vehicles, and weaponry. We use it to craft beautiful unique house numbers. But for a period of time, iron was associated with certain superstitions. Today, we’re going to examine a few of those old beliefs, and go into a bit more detail about them. Most of us know that horseshoes are good luck charms. But one of the main reasons they’re considered to be lucky is because they’re made of iron. Plus, the potency of the luck all depends on how the horseshoe is hung. The story goes that, in order to make a home and the family within lucky, a horseshoe must be hung upright, with tips facing the ceiling. This is done in order to absorb all of the good luck in the vicinity. However, if the horseshoe is hung upside down, all of the luck…read more

Wrought Iron vs. Cast Iron

Iron is an incredibly versatile metal, with more flexibility and applications than most people think of. It’s a metal that’s been used to craft weapons of war and nearly unbreakable tools. We’re proud to use iron to craft rustic house numbers, which add a touch of class to any home. Occasionally, our customers ask us what the difference is between wrought iron and cast iron. Today we’ll go into a little detail to illuminate the differences between the two. Cast iron has been melted down, poured into a mold, and allowed to cool. It’s a bit of a generic term, and when most people think of it, they think of battleship gray iron. It’s formed by smelting iron ore, or pig iron (the end result of iron ore extraction), and mixing it with other alloy ingredients like scrap metal. Cast iron has excellent compression strength, and up until the 20th century, it was one of…read more

Personalize Your Home With House Numbers

There are a lot of terrific benefits to homeownership, but one of our favorites is that of personalization. Once you have your home, you can decorate it however you see fit, and it becomes an environment that truly displays your passions and personality. We’ve been selling wrought iron house numbers for a while now, and we’ve learned from our own experiments and from our customers that the sky truly is the limit. Keep reading for 5 suggestions on number placement and artistic enhancements to make your home pop! Depending on the placement of your house numbers, a colorful border painted in primary colors around them can cause your address to become an art statement. Speaking of borders, why not paint the border around the numbers to match the shade used for the front door? This creates a sense of symmetry and order, which can be calming for you, your family, and visitors. When you choose…read more

Wrought Iron House Numbers Withstand The Test Of Time

Certain trends in home design come and go, but others remain. In point of fact, if a design scheme remains beloved through the centuries, and it’s passed down through generations and loved by all, can it truly be said to be a trend? That’s when it becomes iconic, a design that incorporates both strength, flexibility, and beauty. What else could we be talking about but wrought iron? Our focus is on wrought iron house numbers, and for years, it’s been our privilege and our pleasure to work with and provide these outdoor enhancements to our clients. Wrought iron is a classic accent that has been utilized to beautify homes for centuries. From a design standpoint, it’s considered to be masculine, and it’s an excellent way to add a touch of balance and depth to any environment. It also provides a host of flexibility. Wrought iron enhances palettes that are both light and dark. Additionally, the…read more

It’s all about the light….

The reason we go to such lengths to produce these numbers is because it’s really all about the light. If you take a close look at most of the house numbers on the market they are usually thin and finished in a flat, matte or satin black finish. This usually results in that stamped out cookie cutter look that comes from overseas. Producing the numbers we offer is not easy or cheap. We use 3/8″ solid iron plate which is heavy, expensive and often 10 times the thickness of our competition.  Forging and tumbling the numbers results in house numbers that catch the light just right for that awesome old school look that you just can’t get from the hardware store. To save cost and fuel I produced a set using 1/4″ plate but when it was all said and done I just was not satisfied. You need the added thickness to give the numbers…read more

House Numbers like no other.

Welcome to our new web site! We decided to upgrade our site to make your ordering experience a little easier and to provide our shoppers with more information about our house numbers. Please take your time to look at the number styles and sizes we offer. The standard size for a house number is 5 inches tall, but we have had customers where their home was set too far back from the street and needed something a little bigger for visibility so we decided to offer all of the address numbers in a 7 inch size to accommodate those situations. Let me forge your numbers! In essence that is what I do. I don’t just grab some numbers and ship them, rather I hand forge each number as if were my own. Every blow of the hammer gives each one it’s own uniqueness that you just can’t get with overseas numbers from the hardware store.…read more