Having original hardware in one’s historic home is the “icing on the cake” for me. Visually, it makes a huge difference, although buyers don’t always recognize why they’re so entranced with an older home, often the details are the difference!
We’re fortunate to have all our original door knobs in our 1908 Foursquare. (With one exception- the back door)
Here’s an example of our front door hardware (on the inside of the air lock). Oily hands have kept the knob shiny while the decorative escutcheon is darker and more aged.
The outside of the front door is pictured to the right.
We recently replaced the 1960’s plain jane knob when we replaced the door. Rather than searching out a vintage knob, we found a basic rubbed bronze model at the building supply center. (There it is to the right.)
This month, Old House Journal provided information on vintage door knobs, hinges, and locks. (See the post here) They also provided a guide for stripping hardware that’s been painted over — basically boil in water (with dishwasher soap) and then use a cloth/brush to remove the softened paint.
Design Sponge offers another great article on cleaning your antique hardware- check out their post here: Cleaning Vintage Metal Hardware
I my research of antique hardware information, I came across a terrific article – The Magic of Antique Door Hardware, which includes great photographs of door knobs from the Victorian era to today.
These are examples of interior door knobs in our house.
Want to create our own reproduction hardware?
Check out this video on how to make your hardware look antique!
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- Good Housekeeping: How to Polish Brass
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