Virginie. Door Knob. November 25th , 2017.
No matter the reason for them, antique door knob collections are very popular, and can be very expensive. Some antique door knob collectors are very serious about their trade. They know all there is to know about antique door knobs. If you think a door knob is a door knob, you`re dead wrong. In the last century antique door knobs have gone through a number of personality and design changes. Instead of just being something used to open and close a door, door knobs back then were just as much a part of the house as the rest of the décor, and were expected to make a statement. For a while the job was relegated mostly to glass artists who created beautiful bubble glass knobs, lead crystal cut into jewel-like shapes, as well as amazing pieces of brass that were carved into extremely ornate patterns.
Knobs come in a variety of materials and designs. Glass or solid brass door knobs are a great choice because they add a lot of extra detail to your door. As door knob sets age they can become dented or scratched so replacing them with high quality sets is important. Solid brass doorknobs sets are extremely durable and resistant to showing wear and tear. Brass is also available in a variety of finishes including polished brass, antique brass, satin nickel, polished chrome and oil rubbed bronze.
Porcelain door knobs can look magnificent in the right setting; they are colourful and artistic and can really make a door shine. These aren`t as common in people for two reasons, firstly they tend to be a little more expensive than many of the other varieties on the market today, and secondly, they tend to break rather easily. Most people won`t mind spending a little extra cash on a door knob, but when they find out that these aren`t the most durable products they begin to look elsewhere.
Once the door knob was in place, there were further advances to this invention. Soon a lock would be added to a door. That made not only a way to keep the door from accidentally opening, but also a way to intentionally keep people out. That wasn`t enough for some people, who could bust through a simple lock, so there had to be more substantial locks created. Dead bolts were added to really hold a door shut when the person inside wanted it to stay that way. At one point, there were very limited selections if you wanted a door with locks, and even more limited selections if you wanted the additional dead bolt lock that matched the door knob. But things have progressed over the years. Now you can find a door knob in almost any shape or size to do the job you need done.
Interior door knobs are available in four primary styles; privacy, passage, double dummy and single dummy. Privacy and passage knobs turn and operate a latch mechanism - the difference is privacy style knobs have a push pin lock (these are generally used on bathrooms or bedrooms). Single dummy and double dummy knobs do not turn or operate a latch mechanism - a single dummy knob is one knob on the exterior side of the door while a double dummy is a knob on either side of one door. Note: Most double dummy knobs cannot be used on two separate doors.
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