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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.


Fluted Glass Door Knobs

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Art Deco Fluted Glass Knobs

Art Deco Fluted Glass Knobs

Diamond-like sparkle when the light hits them right, these modern recreations of fluted glass knobs, bring style and elegance to your home. Fluted glass knobs experienced a boom in popularity during the 1920’s to the 1930’s. The style has its origins in the Victorian period, the Regency style, with solid brass construction and a polished brass finish is re-emerging as a popular choice.

Fluted Knobs

Fluted Knobs


The Regency Single Dummy Fluted Door Knob set includes Rosette Screws, Crystal Knob and Rosette Plates. There are many styles to choose from including Privacy Locking sets, Passage sets and Double Dummy. There are also many finishes available to match your particular decor; brushed nickel, antique brass, polished chrome and oil rubbed bronze.

The Single Dummy is for one side of a door and is most often applied to a non-latching door, or bi-fold closet doors. While designed in an antique fashion, the Fluted Glass Door Knobs are sized for standard doors with a 2 1/8 bore hole. The Regency Crystal Single Dummy Glass Door Knob with any choice of finish makes an excellent addition to any room of the home.  Matching the finish to your furniture’s hardware such as dresser drawer pulls or even bathroom faucets, be it antique brass, brushed nickel, oil rubbed bronze or polished chrome, can really pull the room together. Ceiling fans and even nightstand lamps can be matched to the finish and makes for a well designed décor that will impress your friends and family, but most importantly, you’ll be satisfied.

Other Styles of Crystal Knobs

Other Styles of Crystal Knobs

Your love for the finer things, like quality Fluted Glass Door Knobs will show in your selection of antique styled hardware from This hardware is perfect for matching Victorian period, 1920’s and 30’s or even eclectic styles of design for your home. Many online stores carry these styles of knobs. Try or for a wide variety of styles and colors.

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April 24, 2011 at 7:00 pm

Ribbon Drawer Pull with Scroll Work

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We found this piece on our West Virginia trip as well.  Actually, we found it in the same house as the simple brass drawer pull. It’s sometimes hard to imagine that one person can have such a varied taste in furniture, but we see it all the time.  It usually happens over a long period of time.  In this case, the couple loved redecorating their home every ten years or so to keep up with the times.

Ribbon Drawer Pull Front Vie

They ended up not being able to keep up with the prices, or the amount of furniture they were accumulating and took to just changing out the hardware and maybe the paint on their larger pieces, and would get a new bedding set, curtains, or the like.  As a result, they had a large collection of drawer pulls, door knobs, and other stuff that had been discarded (sort of) after it was deemed out of style.  This is where why we found such an assortment; they had items over 100 years old, and some that were only about ten years old, and everywhere in between.  We barely made a dent in two of their outbuildings, and they had five or six on their property, so we will definitely be visiting them again.

Ribbon Drawer Pull Pieces

This piece combines the beauty of flowing lines with the ribbon-like piece that weaves its way around the top and bottom, and adds a soft touch to the scroll work that decorates the base, and to the leaves that surround the piece.  This one will be offered in brass, oiled bronze, and possible copper (we’re still deciding).If you look at it, it almost seems as if the artist was trying to create the image of an angel in the piece; tell us what you think!

Ribbon Drawer Pull Side View

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December 3, 2010 at 3:28 am

Gate Style Door Plate

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Here’s another great find from the box of stuff we found at the thrift store.  There were only a few items that weren’t door knobs, and this is one of them.  We don’t often find door plates on our hunts.  It’s not because people don’t use them, they obviously do.  They are either too damaged, or the owners just don’t want to part with them.  Door knobs are much more likely to be replaced.  They are smaller, easy to switch out, and far cheaper than replacing the door plate, locking mechanism, and door knob.

This piece would be beautiful on any door in any house.  It’s clean lines, basic design make it an ideal piece to complement any door knob that you currently own, or may own in the future.  Better yet, the design is so versatile we can re-cast it any metal and it will still look great.

Gate Style Door Plate

I think this piece will do especially well in cast iron.  It helps to increase its versatility and will widen the range of options for ideal placement in any home.  Replacing door plates and door knobs are great ways to add a fresh sense of style to an otherwise bland room.  It’s also a very cheap way to update a room.

We always appreciate finding pieces like this.  It makes it easier to sell them, since they can appeal to a wider audience.  We commented on how well this will do in cast iron, but we also believe it will do really well in copper too.  Bronze will be kind of iffy, even though that’s the original metal used.  It just doesn’t do the piece justice.

We’ll still try it; let us know what you think!

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November 1, 2010 at 6:37 pm

Finding Craftsman Style Hardware for Your Home

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If a home renovation project is in your near future, you may want to take a close look at the different options available to you. If you live in a house of a particular style you may wish to restore it to its natural appearance. When it comes to replacing door hardware, it can be difficult to find the original pieces still intact. Even when you are able to find them, they are often quite costly. You may be willing to pay the high prices and if so, there is certainly nothing wrong with that but there are options.

Craftsman Switch Plate

Craftsman Switch Plate

Many of the hardware styles of previous eras have remained so popular they are now reproduced. Craftsman Hardware is among these and may be more easily accessible than you think.

Craftsman Mail Slot

Craftsman Mail Slot

Craftsman style hardware possesses specific elements of design that set it apart from almost all other architectural styles. These pieces were hand-made and contained some natural flaws that have become their trademark in terms of appearance. The focus on these qualities emphasized these imperfections and helped make them quite popular. While earlier Victorian hardware was prized for its ornate qualities and near perfections, this style of hardware featured rough finishes and textured patterns all using materials that included hand crafted metal and wood work.

Craftsman Porcelain Doorknob Set

Craftsman Porcelain Doorknob Set

Craftsman style homes can still be seen in America today and are focused on a more efficient design instead of sheer beauty. This is because the families who originally inhabited them were middle class. Here servants would not have been necessary or even affordable and these homes would not have possessed the exquisite qualities of other styles of previous eras.

Craftsman style hardware can be used in a number of areas throughout the home. Door hardware is among its uses and includes a wide variety of door knobs for any room in the home as well as the doors leading to the outside of the residence. This hardware is functional in design while lacking ornate details. It can, however, be an elegant and beautiful addition to any home with patterns that will show unique textures not available on other styles.

Antique Brass Craftsman Set

Antique Brass Craftsman Set

Whether you are renovating your home or just want to add an interesting touch that will set your home apart from the others in your neighborhood, Craftsman style hardware will provide you with many choices. These pieces are easy to come by and will give your home a new look while accentuating and older style that remains unforgotten even today. See LookInTheAttic & Company for a wide variety of Craftsman and Mission style hardware.

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June 16, 2010 at 9:33 pm

Using Antique Porcelain Knobs on Modern Doors – Retrofit Kits

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Installing vintage style or even true antique porcelain doorknobs is a simple task thanks to modern style passage and privacy latches that are made to bridge the gap from old to new. You can easily use old antique knobs on a new and modern door using these tubular style latches. These adaptive latches have been engineered to be used specifically with antique doorknobs with a square rod or spindle – and they work with vintage porcelain, crystal, glass and bronze knobs.

Porcelain Door Hardware

Porcelain door knobs have been around for hundreds of years – and the colors range from a true white (rare) to a metallic black – and most any color in between. Porcelain knobs look great with most any style back plate and can be installed easily and quickly on most any style door.

Porcelain knobs are available for different purposes like a keyed entrance, a locking privacy knob, a functional passage knob or even a dummy knob. Usually, porcelain door knobs come in a complete set and feature a solid brass or bronze shank. Beware of iron shanks as iron is brittle and may cause an issue in the long run. The Rosettes – or back plates – can be found in many finishes including polished brass, antique brass, oil rubbed bronze, matte black, polished chrome and brushed nickel.

Porcelain door knobs are generally manufactured by most major brands – and many models come with a warranty. Prices can range from $25 per set up to $65 per set – and in general, you do get what you pay for. LookInTheAttic & Company has a wide array of Porcelain door knobs and door sets available in several colors. They also offer expert opinions and free advice.

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May 25, 2010 at 1:33 am

Bathroom Door Knobs – Choosing a Style That Works For Your Home

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Bathroom Door Knobs – Choosing a Style That Works For Your Home

A bathroom can present several difficulties when selecting new or replacement door hardware. For example, do you require the door to lock? If so, what type of lock do you need? If there are small children in the home, how do prevent them from accidently locking themselves in? Another common difficulty is matching finishes – most bathrooms use chrome or nickel hardware while the rest of the home may have polished brass or even bronze. How can you make an informed choice with so many issues to cover?
The answer is simple – break the process down into a series of steps that will answer the questions and narrow down the options. The entire point of choosing new door hardware is to select a style that is not only aesthetically pleasing but also serves all the functions needed for your home.

1) Does this bathroom require a lock?

That usually depends on where the bathroom in located in the home. If it is a main bathroom that will be used by several different people throughout the day, a lock would be recommendable. This will allow family and visitors to have privacy without the fear of someone accidently walking in. If the bathroom is adjacent to a room that will only have one or two people using it, a lock is optional.

If you decide your bathroom will require a lock search for a privacy style interior doorknob (more information below). If the bathroom will not require a lock, a standard passage style doorknob can be used.

2) What type of lock do I need?

There are many types of door locks available and there is a significant difference between interior door locks and exterior door locks. Exterior door locks will typically utilize a deadbolt that requires a key to lock and unlock the door –this would be an inappropriate choice for a bathroom in the home. (Many businesses however use this system to prevent customers from entering the bathroom without their knowledge).

An interior door lock can use a push pin system which is a simple pin on the rosette that is pushed in to lock the door and turning the knob from the inside will unlock the door. Thumb turn locks can also be used but will need to be turned and unturned manually to lock/unlock the door (these may require a different style of latch mechanism).

3) Safety Issues

If there are small children in the home it is important to select a locking knob that can be opened from the outside in case of emergencies. Push pin lock mechanisms offer a safety feature whereby the lock can be undone from the exterior by inserting a narrow object through a hole in the exterior rosette plate.

4) Mix and Match Finishes?

If all the door knobs in your home and your bathroom uses standard polished chrome hardware, which finish do you match? Both, ideally. Selecting a doorknob that is available in a mixed finish option will allow you to have perfectly matching hardware inside and outside the bathroom. Be careful when choosing finishes however as the interior and exterior components of a doorknob set are not usually interchangeable (depending on style).

5) Tips and Suggestions

Choose a doorknob style that will flow with the existing patterns in the home. Glass doorknob sets are an elegant option and will provided added detail. Solid brass doorknob sets are also a wonderful option because they are available in a wide variety of styles to match any architectural motif that currently exists in the home (ranging from elegant Victorian patterns to unique Art Deco designs).
Choose cabinet knobs and pulls to match your new doorknob set to create a common theme. Most home hardware can be installed with little to no training and with common tools around the home.