Antique nickel for brassEven something as long-lasting as...


September 22, 1996|By Elizabeth Large | Elizabeth Large,SUN STAFF

Antique nickel for brass

Even something as long-lasting as decorative brass hardware has its trends. The hottest thing going these days, according to the owner of Baltimore Brass Center, is a pewter finish. It's known in the trade as "antique nickel."

Fred Levering's showroom of upscale brass hardware just opened to the general public. It specializes in solid brass door hardware, bath accessories, cabinet hardware, hinges and more, a variety of finishes -- including, of course, the popular antique nickel.

Baltimore Brass Center is located at 1501 Serpentine Road, in the Lake Roland area. Call (410) 321-0199 for directions.

We would never dare to suggest that the upsurge in sales of flasks at Dahne & Weinstein has anything to do with having a new football team in town, but there it is. The Lutherville gift and accessories shop can't keep them in stock. They come in all shapes, from traditional hip and breast pocket flasks in stainless steel to an English pewter "cigar case." Some are bound in leather and some have attached caps. Prices range from $35 to $50, and all the flasks can be engraved.

Dahne & Weinstein is located at 10805 Falls Road, Lutherville.

Sharne Algotsson and Denys Davis wanted to take traditional African art "out of the museum and look at it in the home." The result is their handsome book "The Spirit of African Design," published this month by Clarkson Potter ($35).

More than 200 gorgeous color photographs of real homes illustrate the use of African and African-inspired art and design. "The explosion of interest in African style -- and the growth of resources to feed this interest -- is tremendous," the authors point out. A full list of resources is included (for everything from decorative tiles to table accessories) as well as inspiring decorating ideas and a fascinating history of African design.

Many of the Maryland Institute, College of Art's continuing-studies classes are geared for students planning a career in art or design -- but not all. This fall, for instance, the institute is offering the noncredit course "Painted Furniture Workshop 1." Students will learn basic paint decoration techniques for old furniture (10 sessions, Thursdays, 6: 30 p.m. to 9: 30 p.m., Oct. 3-Dec. 12, $240). Also noncredit, "Stained Glass" introduces students to this ancient art form through lectures, demonstrations and hands-on work (seven sessions, Sundays, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Oct. 6-Nov. 17, $195). For more information on these and other classes, call the Office of Continuing Studies at (410) 225-2219.

Home Front welcomes interesting tidbits of home and garden news. Please send suggestions to Elizabeth Large, Home Front, The Sun, 501 N. Calvert St., Baltimore 21278. Or fax to (410) 783-2519.

Pub Date: 9/22/96


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