Restoring historic hardware
and metal fixtures.

Fine Hardware Restoration


Al Bar Wilmette

Al Bar-Wilmette Platers restores historic hardware and metal fixtures. Homeowners find that, with our help, the original door hardware looks as good as the day it was first installed. We restore metal finishes, supply missing parts, repair lamps and chandeliers, refurbish locks, and plate new hardware to match historic finishes.

We polish or plate door hinges to look brand new and plate the screws to match. In addition, Al Bar-Wilmette Platers has one of the country's largest collections of salvage door hardware to help you complete your set of door knobs and face plates. If you're missing a part, be sure to let us know. We cast missing pieces.



Buffing Antique Hardware
  • hardware cleaning & restoration
  • custom and historical finishes
  • lock repair & cleaning
  • skeleton keys cut for pocket locks
  • extensive inventory of antique hardware
  • fabrication of missing pieces
  • mounting fasteners & screws
  • custom exterior period door hardware
  • salvage hardware location
  • same day exterior hardware restoration & cleaning
  • lock rebuilding
  • hardware restoration "by door"


Preserve the integrity of your home

Buffing Antique Hardware

If you're restoring a home, give us a call. Our artisans, who have 250 years of collective experience, take great care to preserve the hardware's original fine detail. Each year we develop new exciting finishes to meet the needs of customers. If you're specifying period hardware, don't settle for a hardware catalogue's limited options. Restore the original hardware to preserve the integrity of your home. Whether you want to match the finish of antique hardware or come up with something unique, Al Bar-Wilmette Platers can help you find a solution.


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  • 847.881.3535
    (include photos and detailed project descriptions, etc.)
  • UPS or US Mail at:

Al Bar - Wilmette Platers
127 Green Bay Road
Wilmette, IL 60091

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