Virginie. Door Knob. December 05th , 2017.
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.
But the real money seems to be in the door knobs that were really from that time. Just as much as the other collectibles and antiques in old estates can get a pretty penny at auction, the antique door knobs in those homes are also commanding top dollar at estate sales and auctions. During World War II, many people pulled the brass doorknobs from their homes to help the government in their collections of brass to make war goods. Having one of these brass goodies today can fetch a pretty penny at an auction. How much would you pay for antique door knobs? How about $8,300 for just one knob? That`s the price that the `Doggie knob` fetched at an auction. The beautifully carved bronze knob with a pooch looking through the center was created in the late 1800s. There are believed to be only two of them in existence.
Many experts agree that the greatest strength of these knobs also happen to be their greatest weakness. Brass is dulled by harmful oils found in our hands; this can give it a great antique look but also means it loses its shine. If this is a problem for you, you may have to reapply varnish to the handle each time this happens. Class door knobs are also rather fashionable these days, their only problem is that they won`t always look great in each house. In fact some people even consider them rather ostentatious in the wrong setting.
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