It's been said that "Beauty is in the eye of the beholder", and nowhere is this more true than in the antique hardware industry. Antique finishes have long been a popular option offered by manufacturers of decorative hardware of all types, including lighting fixtures, locks, cabinet hardware, fasteners and many other decorative items. Market demand for these finishes soared in the 1970's, leading to the development of efficient production scale processing techniques. Since that time, the demand has waxed and waned with the vagaries of the market. Regardless of the popular choices of the marketplace, there will always be a demand for high quality antique finished hardware.