Medieval door hinge plate patterns

Medieval door hinge plate patterns

On this page you can download 2D patterns with which you can make elegant medieval hinge plates.


We came across the first pattern in the old book under the title ‚Cusack's freehand ornament. A text book with chapters on elements, principles, and methods of freehand drawing, for the general use of teachers and students‚ (Author: Charles Armstrong; Published: 1895). The book was full of various patterns, among which we spotted this one for hinge plates. Its description in the book was scarce, it came down to just two simplified diagrams on how to draw it and an explanation that small circles on the pattern served to fix the hinge plate to the door with screws or rivets. We found the second pattern in the Amateur Work Magazine (1881). There was a text in the magazine entitled „A clock case and key locker“ containing an image of this hinge plate. 


Unlike today's simple-looking hinges, in the Middle Ages rich people built large doors into their houses which had large hinges to withstand the weight of wood. Very often these hinges had a remarkable decorative appearance in order to show the social status of the homeowner. If you type in the keyword ‘Medieval door hinge’ on the Internet, you will get images of hinges of extraordinary beauty. Today it is possible to purchase such hinges, but there is another problem - how to find a door design that visually matches hinges of this style. 


Both patterns represent only the decorative part of the hinge plate, i.e., there is no drawing of the knuckle. 


These medieval-style hinge plates can be made from steel and painted black to resemble wrought iron. Generally, black color matches well with wood texture. Hinges made with these patterns can be used to decorate the doors of massive wooden pieces of furniture, entrance doors, wooden courtyard gates, and the like. If the hinges do not need to hold heavy weight, they can be also made from non-ferrous metals or their alloys. 


License: Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license.


The patterns comes in three different file formats: 2D CAD (dwg) and vector (eps and svg)

 

Click on the links below to download these free vectorized patterns.


Medieval door hinge plate patterns - dwg format (87.83 Kb)

Medieval door hinge plate patterns - eps format (62.13 Kb)

Medieval door hinge plate patterns - svg format (72.96 Kb)