The business was founded in 1981 by Robert Byles, an antique dealer and restorer, who had been collecting original brass fittings from the 17th – 19th Century, since 1966. Unhappy with the authenticity of reproduction brass available on the market at the time, he began researching ways to ‘clone’ original pieces. Following this research, it was decided that lost wax casting was the best method to achieve his desired results; Optimum Brasses was born.
The original founder and owner of Optimum Brasses continued to run the company until October 2016, when the company was handed over to the employees. Now a successful employee owned business, Optimum Brasses continues to adopt the lost wax casting method to create faithful copies of originals and now have an archive of thousands of moulds.
Over the years, Optimum have become firm favourites in the antique restoration world and have a valued, loyal clientele. More recently, the company has made progress into the world of interior design and hope to continue serving both industries with a great customer experience and high quality brass fixtures and fittings.