Virginie. Door Knob. November 16th , 2017.
Door knobs are actually the traditional form of door handle which is preferred by many users who are interested in adding highlights to their home. These come in many forms and styles. You can find chrome and brass door knobs among many others. Usually, knobs are of round, sphere or oval shape. Modern manufacturers are adding different designs as well. The most common styles of door knobs are privacy knobs, keyed entry knobs, passage knobs, commercial knobs, and dummy knobs.
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.
There are also some other types of inside door knobs available. Most important is the passage knobs. These are used in large buildings often to make use of its simple locking system. This is because passage doors do not require high level of security. The use of dummy knobs are also visible on several houses. These do not have locking system rather a magnet to hold the door closed. These types of knobs are used for closets of the house. The most important thing that should be kept in mind is that inside knobs should be comfortable to use and focused on convenience in our house.
Although there are a number of glass knob manufacturers that have come out with several replicas of the Victorian glass door knobs, they haven`t been able to match the quality, precision, and detail of antique glass knobs. Although brass, chrome, and steel knobs look good on doors they tend to lose their sheen and color due to the weather conditions. Moreover the constant touch of sweaty or wet hands on these door knobs can make them look drab. Antique glass door knobs are durable and are prone to different weather conditions.
If you think about it, the door knob began the whole movement towards security and safety in the home. Before the door knob, doors would just push open when someone wanted to get inside or go out. Then along came the door knob. It was a great way to keep a door from opening accidentally. A door knob also offered a side benefit of keeping the elements out of the house. Imagine how things would be in a storm without a door knob. Rain and wind would rush in every time.
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