This one is a reader tip: We got an email from Tom last week about Wilmette Hardware...
"I have been working with a great shop in Wilmette, Il. Al Bar Wilmette and Wilmette Hardware.com provided the hardware in my home (crystal knobs and rosettes in un-lacquered brass) with custom locksets. They do custom work and plating too - The hardware that they supplied me is perfect for the period of my home."
In the same location since the early 1940's, Wilmette Hardware began as a plating and repairshop with a focus on restoration. While they still take on historic preservation projects, a look around their site shows off a new focus of their buisness, a line of high end hardware based on period designs and finishes.
Specializing in hardware for doors (entry and cabinets), they carry full style collections (including a nice Art Deco line) and single pieces. If you are in the market for vintage style knobs, levers, push plates, locks hinges (and some lighting) you can add this source to your list of shops to check out.