RARE! Antique Vintage SOLID Cast Brass Door Knob Doorknob Handle Plate Rosette
Beautiful, rare door knob and plates made by, "Yale & Towne," of Stamford, CT. The knob and plate are made of solid, heavy, thick, cast brass, not flimsy stamped/pressed or wrought brass nor brass-plated steel.
You could tell how high-end this set is, not only by the weight of the pieces, but also by their design. Notice how the rosette doesn't have any holes for screws. Instead, the screws insert into the rosette's base plate, and the rosette itself sits on the plate. It gives the impression that the rosette is somehow floating or secured to the door by unconventional means--cool feature!
The hardware was salvaged from a 1920's mansion in Eastern Long Island, NY in December 2014, just 2 weeks prior to its demolition (See Photos). The 6,000 sq ft home built on 20+ acres of private land, was beautifully constructed with only the best parts available at the time. The home was only used as a summer home by a family from the UK. It was ultimately torn down because it was too big! Everything in the house was in excellent condition and this set is certainly no exception. They have the typical subtle nicks and light scratches that you would expect to find on old hardware, but there are no breaks, cracks, dents, or gouges.
I have been dealing with antique hardware since 2003 and although I've seen thousands of knobs and plates over the years, I've never seen these. I've seen plenty of octagon-shaped knobs, but even the ones that are solid brass are lightweight and don't look as nice as these. I believe that Yale custom designed this hardware for this home. All of the hardware in the house was made by Yale and all of it is top of the line. Who knows how much money the couple paid for all of the hardware, but considering that they spared no expense, I wouldn't be surprised if they hired Yale to make one-of-a-kind knobs and plates for the house.
To all collectors out there, please let me know if you've seen these before. If you haven't, get this set for your collection because if I'm right, this set and the 4 pairs that we are also selling are the ones in existence!
All parts are in original, "as found," condition. They have such beautiful patinas which we didn't want to disturb by cleaning. However, if you prefer your hardware bright, shiny, and with a uniform finish, we could clean and polish for $8-email us after the auction if you're interested.
Knob: 2" x 2" x 1 7/8" deep
Rosette: 2" x 2"
· U.S.: FREE!
· Canada: $12.99
· Asia, Australia & Europe: $19.99
· Other international buyers please email us for a quote.
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