Antique Dummy Door Knobs, Cast Bronze Branford Sixfold "Snowflake" Pattern, Set of 4 Each, ca 1895

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This is a set of 4 each original cast bronze antique 2-5/16" Snowflake pattern Eastlake era door knobs and manufactured by Branford Lock Works (Branford, CT) in 1895. This set of gorgeous knobs has a super uniform natural brown patina across all four knobs and are mated to cool multi-level plates measuring 7-1/2" x 2-7/16". Price is for the entire set of 4 knobs.

Default is as a DUMMY KNOB. What is a Dummy Knob? A dummy knob is for pulling, not for turning. A dummy knob is a face mount knob that acts as a way to open/close a door, pull/push or side to side. Ideal applications are on man doors, cabinet doors, barn doors or french doors...any door that has an alternate method of latching, but needs a cool piece of original antique hardware to pull it open and closed. Other applications include use as wall towel hooks, curtain tiebacks or just wall art! My antique dummy door knobs are all actual antique, period specific door knobs that have been mated to a door plate or rosette (the round door plates). Mounting to the surface is via screws through the door plate screw holes (which you supply). Making an antique dummy knob is a process at our end, and most of the knobs that I have are not yet assembled (in order to give the client the option of Dummy or Operable). Because they are "made to order", it typically adds 2 to 3 days onto the order process time. If you need them quicker, please sent a note with the order and we will see what we can do to speed the order a bit.

OPERABLE KNOBS: As with most of my dummy knobs (surface mount pull knobs), these knobs can or may also be purchased as STANDARD OPERABLE KNOB SETS. As dummy knobs, we typically permanently connect the knobs to the plates when they are ordered (although there are a few that are pre-assembled as dummies). The DEFAULT is dummy knobs, so please specify via a note with the order if you don't want them to be dummies, but that you will want them to be live, operable turning knobs to be used with a mortise lock. With most PAIRS of operable knobs I will include a knob spindle and knob set screws. Plate mounting screws will be supplied by you as required for your installation application.

CUSTOM KNOBS SETS OR COMPONENTS: If you would like a custom set or multiples, or maybe just parts and pieces of what you see, please feel free to drop us a note and let us know your questions are, or what you might need!

Thank you!


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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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