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Period Pattresses

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 Period Pattresses craft & supply high quality 20mm thick oak pattresses for period light switches. You can buy a pattress with switches fitted, a pattress for your own switches, or just switches. Pattress - also called pateras, patras, pattresse, switchplate, backplate, mounting block, plinth.

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Period Pattresses

Period Pattresses craft and supply high quality 20mm thick oak pattresses for period light switches, sockets or other electrical items. You can buy a pattress with switches or sockets fitted, a pattress for your own switches or sockets, or just switches or sockets. We produce pattresses in 4 standard quadratic sizes, for mounting 1 to 4 switches, and 2 standard circular sizes for mounting a single switch or sockets. A bespoke service is available on request for any non-standard requirements.

We also stock pattresses made from pine, cedar and MDF. The pine is untreated allowing you to choose your own stain or paint finish. The cedar pattresses are stained and varnished in a mahogany finish. The MDF pattresses are painted in an undercoat, allowing you to paint them as desired. These pattresses are not made by Period Pattresses, yet we are offering them to our customers as we understand that not everyone would like oak!

The pattresses can be installed either directly onto a masonry/plaster wall, or to a standard electrical wall box. If you are fitting the pattress to a wall box you will need an Adapter Plate, which we can also supply.


Why Buy From Period Pattresses?


1. Our pattresses are individually crafted, and are not mass-produced. They therefore have a much more authentic appearance.

2. We offer 3 grades of oak, allowing you to choose the level of character to suit your requirements.

3. The proportions of our pattresses perfectly complement period style dome switches.

4. PRICE! Our prices reflect very favourably against competition. We can save you a considerable amount of money, whilst providing you with a superior product.


Oak has been used for centuries, due to its intrinsic strength and natural beauty, and it makes the perfect mount for period electrical fittings. We use the finest quality kiln dried oak, in 3 choices of grade, allowing you to choose the level of character you desire:-

Refined Grade -  for customers with a "cleaner" requirement. Generally straight grain, with an even colour. Free of any knots, sapwood or splits.

Character Gradethis grade has a more varied grain structure, with small knots, burrs and surface shakes, and more colour variation.

Rustic Gradefull of character. Pronounced grain patterns, large knots, slight drying splits. Wide variations in colour.

Danish oil is used to prime, seal and finish the oak, enhancing the natural character of the wood.

Please note, that due to the natural qualities of oak, no two pattresses are the same, which gives each one a unique appearance. Due to this, grading can sometimes be subjective, therefore we place each pattress in its most appropriate grade, using the above as a guide.


We supply a comprehensive selection of period light switches, including Bakelite, Plain & Ribbed Chrome, Plain & Ribbed Brass, and Plain & Ribbed Antique Brass. We also supply a range of sockets to match the Bakelite, Chrome and Brass switches. All giving a truly authentic and tradional look.


Post and Packing


Due to Royal Mail's large increase in postage prices we have no option but to increase our post & packing charges accordingly. We send all orders by Royal Mail Recorded Signed For, or Special Delivery. For very large orders we may use alternative carriers.

We aim to minimise our post and packing charges, whilst ensuring that our products are well protected during transit, and reach you, our customer, without delay.

We make no profit from post and packing charges.