Antique Door Knobs, Cast Bronze Eastlake Sargent & Co. Ekado Pattern, Pair of 2 Each, ca 1885

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This a gorgeous original antique pair of drum style Eastlake era Ekado (Japanese inspired design) pattern heavy cast bronze door knobs manufactured by Sargent & Co. in 1885. The knobs have their original beautiful deep medium patina (no restoration at all needed) and have no dents or dings. One knob has a threaded back-hole on the shank(see pic), but it was nicely done and does not detract from the aesthetics or functionality of the knob.

These knobs measure 2-1/4" in diameter and come with spindle and bronze knob set screws. FYI, most of the Ekado knobs that I see have been cleaned and are mostly void of the patina...not this set.

If you would like this pair converted into a Dummy knob set, just let me know.


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I can customize many of my offerings. Just let me know what you might like matched with what and I will see what I can do. Or if you like to batch some orders, I can help with freight as well. I can measure knob shaft diameters, door plate knob holes, and suggest various design combinations. Whatever information or help you need, just ask.

Cast bronze or iron door knobs are often called solid knobs because they feel so much heavier than todays hardware. They are actually hollow, but have very thick metal bodies and solid shanks. Bronze knobs wear well, do not rust, and they can be cast with very ornate designs. Late Eastlake knobs can be a thinner metal and less weight, and less face design detail. As we move into 1900, we move to stamped wrought iron, then on to stamped sheet iron. Progessively knobs and hardware got lighter, with less design and craftsmanship, until we have todays high production products. Victorian/Eastlake hardware is a great investment that will certainly keep working for another 100-plus years. Recycle the past in a good way!

Well, what (the Eastlake Era - 1870 to 1900) is actually a Who as well. The era was named after an English architect, Charles Eastlake. The era is often applied to a style of interior decorating, furniture, and art. It also applies to late-Victorian hardware. These years were the height of design and craftsmanship for daily use cast metal hardware. Eastlake era designs are noted for a mix of vernacular (natural) and geometric designs and patterns. Flowers and leaves of plants and trees were often represented. Geometric patterns that look like Greek, Asian, Egyptian or Arabic figures were regularly used. Eastlake designs can be funky, folkart-like, or just unique...but they do not have the Victorian extra-frilly and curly grandiose look.

Most Victorian and Eastlake era door knobs come in a standard Passage size (interior doors). These knobs usually are 2" to 2-1/4" in diameter. Medium and higher-end knobs also came in an Entry size, usually around 2-1/4" or larger. Since there typically was only one Entry knob per house (and many time none at all), Entry knobs are difficult to obtain, and fetch a higher cost...but sure make a statement if you can find one.

In the later 1800's, most door knobs were manufactured of cast bronze. Bronze (combo of copper, tin and other mystery metals) is a harder alloy than brass (copper, and zinc). Bronze is preferred for higher wear/ lower corrosion applications. Bronze alloys have a red, brown, or green patina, often with a deep flakey unpolished surface appearance, and polish a bit duller than brass. Brass leans more toward green patinas and polishes super bright (due to the high zinc content). In about 1870 the technique of compression casting came about. This led to very deep, intricate design details which were at their best throughout the 1880's. Toward the 1900's mass production led to stamped wrought and then rolled metals, as well as plated finishes.

If you need a cool antique knob for use as a Dummy Knob (knobs that don't actuate/turn and are just for Pull use) for room or cabinet doors, I can provide those for you. The knob will need a fitted door plate or rosette matched to it because the plate/rosette is the mounting mechanism. Through a secret process (can't give away all of my research) I connect the knob to the plate/rosette, creating a robust Dummy Knob assembly. In light/medium applications in solid core doors it will be fine installing the the assembly with standard wood screws (depth would be door-thickness dependent). In more robust applications (or on hollow core doors) the assembly would have to be attached via through hole screws and washers/nuts on the back side. Voila!

I can customize many of my offerings. Just let me know what you might like matched with what and I will see what I can do. Or if you like to batch some orders, I can help with freight as well. I can measure knob shaft diameters, door plate knob holes, and suggest various design combinations. Whatever information or help you need, just ask.

Cast bronze or iron door knobs are often called solid knobs because they feel so much heavier than todays hardware. They are actually hollow, but have very thick metal bodies and solid shanks. Bronze knobs wear well, do not rust, and they can be cast with very ornate designs. Late Eastlake knobs can be a thinner metal and less weight, and less face design detail. As we move into 1900, we move to stamped wrought iron, then on to stamped sheet iron. Progessively knobs and hardware got lighter, with less design and craftsmanship, until we have todays high production products. Victorian/Eastlake hardware is a great investment that will certainly keep working for another 100-plus years. Recycle the past in a good way!

Well, what (the Eastlake Era - 1870 to 1900) is actually a Who as well. The era was named after an English architect, Charles Eastlake. The era is often applied to a style of interior decorating, furniture, and art. It also applies to late-Victorian hardware. These years were the height of design and craftsmanship for daily use cast metal hardware. Eastlake era designs are noted for a mix of vernacular (natural) and geometric designs and patterns. Flowers and leaves of plants and trees were often represented. Geometric patterns that look like Greek, Asian, Egyptian or Arabic figures were regularly used. Eastlake designs can be funky, folkart-like, or just unique...but they do not have the Victorian extra-frilly and curly grandiose look.

Most Victorian and Eastlake era door knobs come in a standard Passage size (interior doors). These knobs usually are 2" to 2-1/4" in diameter. Medium and higher-end knobs also came in an Entry size, usually around 2-1/4" or larger. Since there typically was only one Entry knob per house (and many time none at all), Entry knobs are difficult to obtain, and fetch a higher cost...but sure make a statement if you can find one.

In the later 1800's, most door knobs were manufactured of cast bronze. Bronze (combo of copper, tin and other mystery metals) is a harder alloy than brass (copper, and zinc). Bronze is preferred for higher wear/ lower corrosion applications. Bronze alloys have a red, brown, or green patina, often with a deep flakey unpolished surface appearance, and polish a bit duller than brass. Brass leans more toward green patinas and polishes super bright (due to the high zinc content). In about 1870 the technique of compression casting came about. This led to very deep, intricate design details which were at their best throughout the 1880's. Toward the 1900's mass production led to stamped wrought and then rolled metals, as well as plated finishes.

If you need a cool antique knob for use as a Dummy Knob (knobs that don't actuate/turn and are just for Pull use) for room or cabinet doors, I can provide those for you. The knob will need a fitted door plate or rosette matched to it because the plate/rosette is the mounting mechanism. Through a secret process (can't give away all of my research) I connect the knob to the plate/rosette, creating a robust Dummy Knob assembly. In light/medium applications in solid core doors it will be fine installing the the assembly with standard wood screws (depth would be door-thickness dependent). In more robust applications (or on hollow core doors) the assembly would have to be attached via through hole screws and washers/nuts on the back side. Voila!


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