From the Anvil

 

With the launch of the From The Anvil Blacksmith and Period ranges on our website both containing 18 different finishes between them, we have been asked for advice on what finish is best or their differences.

 

Having been asked this question a lot since the launch we have decided to write this short guide to each finish and their suitability to different environments to help you along your way.

 

Blacksmith Finishes

 

The Blacksmith collection From The Anvil has a majority of products forged by hand from solid steel. The hammer marks left by the craftsmen add character and charm making each piece unique. These traditional product types lend themselves to buildings of a historic nature. Finishes available in the blacksmith collection are;


Beeswax Finish (For Internal Use Only)

 

From the Anvil Beeswax Finish

 

The Beeswax finish is the most authentic finish for steel. When they have finished forging the colours left in the steel range from blue to deep red ochre. The Beeswax gives the steel a subtle matt richness and offers excellent protection when fitted internally and properly maintained. To preserve these colours From The Anvil recommend periodically maintaining it with their beeswax maintenance wax (available to purchase with your products if required).


External Beeswax Finish (For Internal or External Use)

 

From the Anvil External Beeswax Finish

 

The External Beeswax Finish is manufactured from anti-corrosive beeswax and is unique to the From The Anvil range. Similar to the standard Beeswax finish with the depth of colours ranging from blues to deep reds. This finish has been salt tested to 480 hours meeting the grade 5 British Standard. Maintain by wiping with lightly oiled cloth from time to time to remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition. From The Anvil also recommend periodically maintaining this finish with their beeswax maintenance wax.


Black Finish (For Internal and External Use)

 

Black Finish

 

From The Anvil’s Black finish is baked in a high temperature oven giving it a durable corrosion resistant finish. This finish is resistant to moisture and can be used in bathrooms and damp conditions. This finish has been salt tested to 480 hours meeting the grade 5 British Standard. Maintain by wiping with lightly oiled cloth from time to time to remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition.


Black Antique Finish (For Internal and External Use)

 

Black Antique Finish

 

From The Anvil’s Antique Black finish is more textured than the Black finish due to the cast manufacturing methods used during production. Like the Black finish it is baked in a high temperature oven giving it a durable corrosion resistant finish. This finish is resistant to moisture and can be used in bathrooms and damp conditions. This finish has been salt tested to 480 hours meeting the grade 5 British Standard. Maintain by wiping with lightly oiled cloth from time to time to remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition.


Pewter Patina Finish (For Internal and External Use)

 

Pewter Patina Finish

 

From The Anvil’s Pewter Patina finish is a beautiful and elegant finish that highlights the texture of the steel of the product. The unique and complex process runs deep into the metal resulting in an unmatched contrast of texture and colour. This finish is resistant to moisture and can be used in bathrooms and damp conditions. This finish has been salt tested to 480 hours meeting the grade 5 British Standard. Maintain by wiping with lightly oiled cloth from time to time to remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition.


Antique Pewter Finish (For Internal and External Use)

 

Antique Pewter Finish

 

From The Anvil’s antique pewter finish is a complicated process applied to a solid brass base metal, giving excellent anti-corrosive properties. Wiping with a lightly oiled cloth from time to time will remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition


Bronze Finish (Steel Base Material) (For Internal and External Use)

 

Bronze Finish

 

From The Anvil’s antique pewter finish is 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-corrosive properties but From The Anvil 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)

 

Natural Smooth Finish

 

From The Anvil’s Natural Smooth Finish is natural cast iron, finished with a clear matt lacquer which is only intended for internal use. This also produces a beautifully smooth look and feel with subtle highlights from the base metal. 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)

 

Natural Textured Finish

 

From The Anvil’s Natural Textured finish is a textured cast iron, finished with a clear matt lacquer which is only intended for internal use. If fitted in an enclosed porch/bathroom it will need to be treated with maintenance wax periodically to help protect the iron from any moisture. It is 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.


Iron Finish (For Internal and External Use)

 

Iron Finish

 

From The Anvil’s Iron finish is made from solid iron, exhibiting the natural beauty and texture of the metal. It is cast and finished with a clear powder coating to protect the iron from weather and moisture, this also gives it a rich colour. Wiping with a lightly oiled cloth from time to time will remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition.


 

Period Finishes

 

The Ironmongery in the Period Collection has been designed to reflect Britain’s great architectural heritage. The products in this range have been refined to the highest specification and have a timeless elegance.


Polished Brass Finish (For Internal or External Use)

 

Polished Brass Finish

 

From The Anvil’s polished brass products are made from solid unlacquered brass. Regular polishing with a good quality metal polish is recommended to maintain the original highly polished finish. 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. This finish has been salt tested to 480hours, which meets grade 5 British Standard.


Aged Brass Finish (For Internal or External Use)

 

Aged Brass Finish

 

From The Anvil’s aged brass products are made from solid unlacquered brass which undergoes an accelerated ageing process and is then re-polished, leaving any decorative details dark and larger surface areas more polished. If the intention is to allow the surface to age, no attention needs to be given. Over time the brass will acquire a darker and more aged patina. However polishing with brasso will give the product a natural sheen where required. This finish has been salt tested to 480hours, which meets grade 5 British Standard


Polished Bronze Finish (For Internal or External Use)

 

Polished Bronze Finish

 

This finish is manufactured from solid unlacquered bronze containing a minimum of 85% copper. This finish undergoes an accelerated ageing process and is then re-polished, leaving any decorative details dark and larger surface areas more polished. If the intention is to allow the surface to age, no attention needs to be given. Over time the bronze will acquire a darker and more aged patina. However, polishing with brasso will give the product a natural sheen where required. This finish has been salt tested to 480hours, which meets grade 5 British Standard.


Aged Bronze Finish (For Internal or External Use)

 

Aged Bronze Finish

 

This Aged Bronze finish is manufactured from solid unlacquered bronze containing a minimum of 85% copper. The aged bronze is matt and rich due to the finishing process we use to age the metal, this process initially darkens the material, however this finish will gradually oxidize over time revealing the warm copper undertones. Lightening the finish can be accelerated by hand-polishing with a heavy dry cloth. This finish has been salt tested to 480hours, which meets grade 5 British Standard.


Polished Chrome Finish (For Internal or External Use)

 

Polished Chrome Finish

 

This Polished Chrome finish is a highly polished finish which reflects like a mirror. A base metal of solid brass or steel with quality chrome plating applied to its surface. 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. This finish has been salt tested to 480hours, which meets grade 5 British Standard.


Satin Chrome Finish (For Internal or External Use)

 

Satin Chrome Finish

 

Satin chrome offers a subtle alternative to polished chrome and is a popular choice where a matt appearance is required. A base metal of solid brass or steel with quality chrome plating applied to its surface. 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. This finish has been salt tested to 480hours, which meets grade 5 British Standard


Polished Nickel Finish (For Internal or External Use)

 

Polished Nickel Finish

 

This Polished Nickel finish is a highly polished finish with a nickel plating applied to solid brass. Our polished nickel is unlacquered and is similar to a polished chrome finish but with much warmer tones. This finish has been salt tested to 480hours, which meets grade 5 British Standard. Wiping with a lightly oiled cloth from time to time will remove harmful deposits and maintain its original condition.


 

Wooden Finishes

 


Ebony Finish (For Internal or External Use)

 

Ebony Finish

 

Ebony finish is wood that is ebonised to have a rich, dark hue, a very high density and fine texture which gives a very smooth finish. Polish or wax product to maintain the wood and to give overall protection. From The Anvil recommend this finish can be used externally if maintained with the Anvil maintenance wax & wiped with a lightly oiled cloth from time to time as this will also aid the removal of harmful deposits.


Rosewood Finish (For Internal or External Use)

 

Rosewood Finish

 

Rosewood has a richly hued reddish colour with much darker veining. Polish or wax to maintain the wood and to give overall protection. This finish can be used externally if maintained with anvil maintenance wax & wiped with a lightly oiled cloth from time to time. This will also aid the removal of harmful deposits.


Finishes Summary and General Care

 

Lightly oiling your product as soon as you get it or fit your product (not beeswax) will help prevent any build up of harmful deposits which can drastically shorten the lifespan of your furniture. We recommend that ironmongery is also wiped with a lightly oiled cloth from time-to-time (not beeswax). This will help remove harmful deposits and restore it to its original condition.

 

All moving parts should be oiled prior to fitting and periodically afterwards. A 3-in-1 oil would be perfect for all oiling purposes.

 

The chemicals in wet plaster and wet paint will rust From The Anvil’s products. Only fit your new ironmongery when you have made sure that all new plaster is fully cured and paint has dried. It is also recommended not to use From The Anvil 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 From The Anvil products cannot be guaranteed.

 

All of the product finishes marked above for ‘external use’ have been designed to withstand many adverse weather conditions, but even with these tough finishes it is still a necessity to maintain the finish. Regular wiping with a slightly oiled cloth is highly recommended as harmful deposits can & will stick to the surface which will eventually break it down. A little time & effort during the life of your item will prolong and maintain your genuine ‘From The Anvil’ furniture long into the future

 

For More information on the general maintenance and care for your From The Anvil Products please see our extensive guide on how to maintain the different finishes and any special requirements.