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Below are a collection of antique door knobs in a shop in Boston's Boylston area and a ceramic door knob and ceramic keyhole cover from Locust Grove, an Italinate villa built in Poughkeepsie, NY for Samuel Morse in Below: a glass door knob and painted-over, originally steel keyhole cover at the Justin Smith Morrill homestead house in Strafford, Vermont.
More hardware from this home is. Our second photo below of door latch and locking hardware, also from the Justin Smith Morrill house most-likely date from two different epochs, with the cast-iron locking door latch added later.
At above left is an interior passage door lock and door knob from a Hyde Park New York home built ca At above left is a string-operated entry door latch installed at the main floor entrance of an apartment building in the Barri Gotic in Barcelona, Spain.
We estimate that this hardware may be more than years old. The string permits occupants of any of the four floors of the building to open the entry door without having to descend the stairs.
Antique Doors in Mexico
The door shown in our first photo above is installed in Tlaxcala Mexico entering a hacienda that was constructed for Cortes. We estimate that the door and its hardware date from the 's.
Our second photo above illustrates a lock and key in a hotel in Real de Catorce, Mexico. This building, originally used to store silver mined from the surrounding hills of this once secret and difficult to access village, now functions as a hotel.
Below is a clinched-nail and studded exterior door using hand-wrought fasteners at el Charco, in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico. Below: in addition to barred iron inner doors with a brass lock, this doorway in Campeche, Yucatan, Mexico, relied on a working drawbridge for security.
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Below, in the Saxon Tower in Oxford one finds this historic door that was the entrance to the Bocardo Prison cell from which Archbishop Thomas Crammer and Bishops Hugh Latimer and Nicholas Ridley, the Oxford Martyrs were led to their death by being burned at the stake in and The second photo below illustrates massive strap hinges on a London church side-door.
Below: door details from Brinstone Farm, St. Weonards, Herefordshire U.
An antique, according to the federal government (United States Customs) is an item over years old. For the purposes of dating antique hardware we typically rely on the date of an antique hardware catalogue which shows the item or, in some instances, the age of the building it was removed from.
Buildings in this area date from the 's. The simple farmhouse basement door and hinge shown below has served for at least years. Hopefully you can help me, or know someone who can, date my door knobs please. See photo attached. Is there any way that I can tell how old they are please?
Any help that you can give is greatly appreciated. Your door knob handles appear to be cast metal poured into a mouldpossibly of brass.
The square cross-section knob shaft, now badly rusted and exfoliating, looks like iron. The round ring and cotter key look to me to have been fabricated out of iron and possibly copper or brass for the pin.Servicing an antique lock
I think I see hand-wrought components. If that's the case and if you were in North America these knobs could certainly be early eighteen-hundreds or older. In other countries such as Australia the age at which hand-wrought rings and cotter pins as well as cast iron doorknobs were in common production would be a bit later.
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The site the door knobs were founds was the site in Brisbane, Australia, of the original s house that was replaced in by another house, which is the only indication that I have of the ages. When you say hand-wrought components, what components are they please, what do you mean?
Take a look at the round ring and cotter pin in your photo - to me it looks as if those may be hand -made. Look for hammer marks and surface or shape irregularities beyond those ascribed to rust or corrosion or usage-wear that may be from having been worked by hand tools such as a hammer.