Saloon Door Style Hardware

A quick learner from IL says:
Why is the top piece that attached to the doorway plastic instead of brass? My other hardware on my old saloon doors has a top brass piece and not plastic. It looks a lot nicer especially when its on the top where people will most likely see it.
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Paul from SWISCO responded:
The reason the manufacturer changed over to nylon was to reduce friction when swinging the door. I don't believe these are available any other way these days.
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