According to historical scholars, the first hinge dates back to 1600 B.C. and consisted of large stone sockets that acted as pivots to open/close doors. However, the Romans, developed the hinge in such a way, that ordinary people could use them for cabinets, drawers and doors in their own homes. The Romans also placed hinges on their armor for greater mobility. Stronger more powerful hinges were created by the English in the 16th and 17th centuries. These English techniques were brought over to the American colonies and blacksmithing became a popular trade since the need for stronger hardware was growing. In the 1850’s Charles Hager, Hager Hardware, developed the wagon wheel and a hinge for wagon doors. The ball bearing hinge was developed in 1899, and the most common hinge, still used today, the butt hinge, in 1900.*
Since this time, hinges have evolved to what we now use in modern times. Hinges support grand estate gates, commercial and industrial gates, playground gates, doors, cabinets and many other ordinary objects that must swing to open and close.
Most hinges these days must be welded into place to support a larger swing gate, but what about smaller gates?
There are many hinges made of mild steel, stainless steel or polymers that can be mechanically fastened to a gate whether that gate be made of vinyl, wood or iron. Steel hinges can typically bear more weight and have a more decorative appeal to them.
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