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Ingress and Egress

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“Be an opener of doors”
― Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ingress and egress, entrance and exit, come and go. Our homes are designed with doors so that we may perform this perfunctory function. But at Look in the Attic & Company, we know that function and beauty should go hand and hand, or more specifically when we think of our doors, knob in hand.  Our door knobs for interior doors are works of art, many utilizing designs culled from the past and given new life through our preservation efforts.  Here are several examples indicating the fine workmanship and detail we consistently provide to our customers.



Solid Brass Eastlake Floral Style Dummy Door Knob Set in Antique Brass Finish



laurelstyle doorknob

Solid Brass Laurel Style Dummy Door Knob Set in Antique Brass Finish



romanesque doorknob

Solid Brass Romanesque Style Dummy Door Knob Set in Antique Brass Finish


As you take steps to make your home truly unique and reflective of your tastes, consider our  doorknobs to add interest and detail and to set your home apart from all others. Next we will examine the various options available in our doorknob selections, including a purchasing guide to determine which type of knob and backplate you will need. Check back soon for more information, and until then,


“Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.” 
― Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead



Old Glory

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Red, white and blue are easily recognized as the symbolic colors of our county, most visibly on our American flag. But did you know that each of those colors has special meaning? The color red represents hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity, and blue indicates vigilance, perseverance and justice. In honor of Flag Day on June 14, we have pulled a red, white and blue sampling of our products for your traditional decorating styles.

First we present a ruby red glass inverted Thistle pattern serving platter measuring 12 inches in diameter, resting on a round pedestal approximately 1 1/2 inches above table surface. This ruby serving piece would enhance your Fourth of July table scape, but is also a year round treasure for serving at Christmas or Valentine’s Day.


For your restoration or traditional home style needs, we offer a white porcelain dummy door knob finished in brushed nickel Victorian plate. Single dummy glass door knobs consist of a knob on one side of the door. Double dummy styles consist of a knob on both sides of the door. As dummy knobs, these do not turn or operate a latch mechanism. This doorknob set is available in four additional finishes.


Lastly, our cobalt blue glass cabinet knobs are a beauty to behold. These sturdy knobs are individually made from the finest silica glass by professional glassworkers and are available in 2 sizes: 1 ½ inch diameter or 1 ¼ inch diameter.


Visit our website for additional findings in red, white and blue. Show your patriotism, or just find the right item for your home. We aim to please!

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June 9, 2013 at 11:14 pm

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Victorian Porcelain Door Knobs

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     Porcelain door knobs are a gorgeous addition to any home.  The Victorian style that is usually a staple of these pieces is very subtle, allowing them to blend in with the current style of your home, even if it isn’t Victorian in style.  These pieces are the same size as a standard door knob, making them the ideal piece to adorn any door in your home.

     You have your choice of base finish for these knobs.  While polished brass is one of the most popular choices, you can also choose antique brass, polished chrome, brushed nickel and oil-rubbed bronze.  We also offer two different knob choices; white or black.  Each knob is constructed out of pure porcelain.  The white knobs add a kind of elegant finish to the doors, while the black makes a much bolder statement.  Porcelain door knobs used to be extremely popular in many homes as an easy way to add an elegant touch to any décor.  It was also a very inexpensive way to do some minor redecorating, and remains the same way today.  Door knobs are easily interchangeable, and with so many finishes available you can easily adapt them to one style, or many different ones depending on how you decorated your home.

A functional knob, black porcelain with a polished brass finish


     Porcelain door knobs are best used inside the house, rather than on the front door.  To keep them in the best shape as long as possible, you may want to refrain from installing them on any door that may be subject to getting hit or has the potential to be damaged.  It is not uncommon for porcelain knobs to become damaged over time, as they are made from a fragile material. While it is extremely rare for them to become shattered, small cracks appearing are commonplace.  These knobs can be purchased singularly or in a double set, and as always any mounting screws necessary are included.

Arts and Crafts Door Pulls

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     Arts and Crafts style homes, often referred to as Craftsman style homes, pride themselves on using local man-made materials to construct not only the exterior of the home but all of the interior decorations and hardware as well.  This includes any door handles, hinges, switch plates, as well as pieces of furniture like beds, chairs and tables.  While these styles of homes may be adorned with traditional brass metals, pewter and copper are the most popular.

the popular rice pattern


     If you are renovating your Craftsman style home, our website has a wide variety of hardware pieces to choose from in this style and most of them are available in the most popular finishes.  We carry an especially large selection of door pulls and handles, since these tend to be not only the most popular pieces of hardware purchased, but also the ones that tend to make the biggest statement.  One of the first things people notice when they arrive at your home for this first time, aside from the exterior structure itself, is the door handle.  Whether or not it makes a statement, or how much of one, is a decision up to the owner, and the finish choice has a lot to do with this.

Pewter is one of the most popular materials for manufacturing craftsman style pulls.


     Pewter will stand out more against a light-colored door but at the same time can add a simple touch.  Copper on the other hand tends to add a statement no matter what the finish of the door is.   New copper has a sheen that cannot be duplicated with any other metal, and the patina that develops over time adds an additional touch.  Natural patinas tend to preferred to chemically created ones, and can only truly be appreciated over time.



     All of the Arts and Crafts style door pulls and door handles we feature ship in a timely manner with all the mounting hardware you will need to install it, saving you the time and trouble of finding just the right pieces to finish the job.


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July 25, 2011 at 9:03 am

Victorian Queen Anne Style in the United States

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     The Queen Anne style came over to the United States and began getting popular around 1880, not long after its popularity was booming in England.  Just like with some other things, the term Queen Anne style is loosely used.  Many of the same architectural elements seen in England are not the same seen here in the United States.

     In fact, the US version of the Queen Anne style is much more similar to the Craftsman style than its British counterpart.  While some of the features of these two design styles are similar, there are more differences.  The biggest similarities are the asymmetrical facades paired with overhanging eves, towers, and Dutch Gables.  Large wraparound porches often accentuate all of the above in classic Queen Anne Style.

     Some of the most decorative elements that are significant in this architectural style are not found on the outside of the home, but rather in the decorations and hardware that adorn the interior.  Door hinges, door knobs, cabinet hardware and much more are pieces that characterize the Queen Anne style perfectly, and may be similar or even identical to pieces found over in Great Britain.









    The Craftsman/Queen Anne style can be found throughout the country, but perhaps the most famous example of this are the painted houses that line the streets of San Francisco.  They are the epitome of this style.

     If you want your home to portray the Queen Anne or Craftsman Victorian architectural styles, the best way to achieve this is from the inside out.  If your home already has some of the exterior elements, that is an added bonus.  Adding little touches throughout the interior are a great and affordable way to change the style of your home.

     When picturing a Queen Anne house, what most often comes to mind are “gingerbread”  houses. These  houses have lacy, delicate features like turned porch posts and ornamental spindles. Some interior uses of this style are demonstrated above.  This design is often called Eastlake, because it shares characteristics of the work by Charles Eastlake.

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June 7, 2011 at 12:38 pm

Embossed Copper Door Knobs for Modern and Antique Doors

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Here is the last piece we are going to be featuring from our friendly neighbor’s house.  This is another beautiful example of how gorgeous an embossed piece can be with the right talent.  This is not an art form for the beginner.  In fact, many experienced artists don’t take the time to learn it since it can be so tedious and time consuming.  The ones that do learn it and take the time to make it their specialty really do end up producing some absolutely stunning works of art.

This embossed copper door knob is most likely done by the same artist as the Fleur de Lis piece.  It is a much later design, featuring many more advanced techniques and showing off a lot more skill than it’s predecessor.  It is also possible that this piece was created by the master if it was part of an apprenticeship, which is still quite common in the area of metal working.  Unlike olden times, apprenticeships come with much better pay, and the schedules as well as all workers involved are much more lenient, as most of them have employment standards that must be followed.

embossed copper door knob

This piece has nearly four times as much detail as the other piece, and while some people may think that this piece was an example of engraving, if you look closely at the edges of the design, they are slightly softer than the hard edges created by a chisel and hammer.  These smooth transitions are a clear indicator of embossing.  Another giveaway is the location of the design.  Many embossed pieces, especially door knobs, choose to add the decoration to the edge of the piece.  This helps the design hold up longer than if it were in the middle.  Since the piece is created from back to front, with the back being hollow, there is a greater risk of denting and damaging the design, so placement is crucial.

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May 11, 2011 at 12:35 pm

Holy Rusted Door Knocker, Batman!

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Hey look! We’ve found something else that isn’t a drawer pull or door knob to show you! This piece, while it does associate with a door, is one of our less commonly found items. Door knockers used to be extremely popular, and quite necessary but since the invention of the electric door bell, they aren’t used quite as often.

Back in the day, these pieces would be found on nearly every door, even if they did have a buzzer, or bell. When people would call on one another, they may ring the bell that was next to the door, but more commonly would choose to use this less intrusive device. It was particularly popular in families with babies and young children, as it was less likely to wake them up while they were sleeping.

Rusted Door Knocker

Nowadays, these are more commonly used as merely a decorative piece on doors, and are very seldom used. They can most commonly be found on businesses, and some older model homes. There is a new trend starting among builders and homeowners to preserve the classicism that aged homes have provided, complete with antique and replica pieces adorning every possible fixture. While it can’t be said for sure as to whether or not people will actually use items such as door knockers on the homes, they certainly do add a certain touch that cannot be duplicated or replaced.

The possibilities for finishes on this piece are unlimited. Certainly polished brass is the most classic, but we think it would also look stunning in the oiled bronze and cast iron. We’re having a great debate about making a copper piece. While the metal is an absolutely gorgeous choice on some homes, it certainly doesn’t stand up to the elements like others do. Perhaps the patina that develops will still be a nice touch?

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March 23, 2011 at 7:25 pm