Once a handwrought luxury item, ornate metalwork became accessible to all after the Civil War, as the economy boomed and the mass manufacture of decorative hardware hit its stride. By the late 19th century, elaborately detailed brackets made of cast iron or brass turned up in houses supporting everything from wall-hung sinks to library shelves. Catalogs from the period featured a wide range of styles that reflected the over-the-top Victorian aesthetic. These days, as more homeowners opt for open shelving in kitchens and baths, reproduction-style brackets are enjoying a resurgence.
Here, 15 of our favorite options.