Unusual BPOE antique doorknob. Intricate design, and includes a clock at the bottom, which I have not seen before. Also comes with the backplate that has the same design at the top.
The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks was founded in 1868 and embraced the mission of serving the disadvantaged. The Elk is a symbol of benevolence, but also is fiercely protective of its own.
I am not sure about the age of the piece, but the organization has been around since the 1860's, and given where I found it I suspect it's 1880's? I believe it is brass and has been coated with some kind of finish. It also looks like there may be some glue on the knob.
Measurements: approx. 2 1/8" circumference of knob; backplate 10" x 3 1/8"
As you may notice, we have several of these very unusual knobs. A contractor who specializes in restoration gave these to me; his client purchased an abandoned BPOE lodge and gave them to him.
All antique/vintage hardware is sold as-is - please make sure to look through the photos and expect imperfections.