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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



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

Hey Look–We Found More Antique Hardware

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We love it when we come across a piece we’ve already recovered somewhere else. We never claim to only sell original pieces; that would be exaggeration at its fullest. As you may remember, we featured another one of these sunflower door knobs a couple of weeks ago; well, thanks to Betsy, we’ve found even more of them!

The best thing about this piece is that these came as complete sets, so there is no more need to worry about setting them up correctly with each other, or choosing the right kind of rose cover for it. This one features two different rose covers. One of them (featured on the center and right hand side knobs) is similar depiction of the design on the knob face itself. This is the one that we will most likely replicate on all of these knobs, including the one that we are already deconstructing.


Sunflower Door Knobs With Rose Covers


The other rose cover, featured on the left hand doorknob, doesn’t match the design of the knob at all, but it is still a very nice piece. The only thing this knob and plate have in common is that they are both made of brass. We have no intention of pairing these two together for sale; we will actually be selling the rose plate by itself (as we have no knob to match right now), since it is such a nice piece.

We are going to have to do a lot of cleaning on these plates. They have been covered in grime and dust for years, and it has somehow attached itself to the pieces. We have already broken out our toothbrushes and buckets of Coke (yes, the soda-it is incredibly good at cleaning of caked in dirt and grime off of metal…aside from being delicious!) so stay tuned and we’ll have them available shortly!

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November 30, 2010 at 4:13 pm

Antique Hardware – Flower Drawer Pull

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So Betsy called us at the end of last week and asked us if we wanted to come back and take a look at some other stuff she had just found.  Of course, we said yes and took a trip over on Saturday.  When we went over the first time, we only tackled one of her storage rooms; she has four total.  Betsy and her husband had an old barn on their property which they remodeled into a work area.  There were also four storage rooms attached as well that were absolutely full of stuff.  We had found our items in the first of these, and had no idea just how much more we had to discover.

Flower Drawer Pull Side View

This second store room that Betsy opened for us was amazing.  There was a golden glow that lit up the whole room the second the door was opened; it was heavenly.  Then we realized that there was a huge skylight in the ceiling, and it was the sun streaming in.

There were five or six boxes of drawer pulls and door handles that we grabbed immediately.  They all seemed to be sorted by type, which made it even more fun to look through.  The categories were pretty general “outdoorsy things”, “animals”, and my personal favorite “interesting”.  We took just about everything from the “outdoorsy” box, and the entire “interesting” one.  We only took a couple of items from the “animal” box; they can be kind of hard to market.

Flower Drawer Pull Front View

This one came from the outdoorsy box, and was the first item we put our hands on.  We love the flower on the back design, and the elaborately carved ring door pull.  The two styles are almost so different that they don’t go together, yet at the same time they blend perfectly.  Tell us what you think!

Flower Drawer Pull Pieces

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November 28, 2010 at 2:54 am

Elaborate Brass Door Knob

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Thank you so much for your patience is us presenting to you the matching door knob in our quest to find unique antiques to share with you!  We know how the suspense was killing you, but come on, you know it was totally worth the wait.  We have finally finished cleaning off some of the dirt and grime that was on this, so here it is!

Can’t you just picture this on the front door of an old Victorian home with the matching door plate?  I can’t even begin to imagine how much something this elaborate may have cost.  You can definitely see that the design is a little worn down from years of use but like we’ve always said, that is bound to happen.

Elaborate Brass Door Knob Front View

There are numerous scratches covering the sides, but fortunately they are not too deep.  What does this mean for you?  Simple; they are less likely to show up when we make the mold, so the replica will be flawless.  Anything that is somewhat deep will have to be filled in and smoothed over so that they do not show through.

As for the worn areas on the top, there is not much that we can do about that.  A true replica will have the same worn features as the original.  If it is extremely worn down, we may try our hand at completely re-creating and carving the piece to create a whole new one.  The only problem with this is that it may not be exactly what the original artist intended it to look like.  We’ll never truly know what exactly they wanted, since they are no longer available to talk to. Since this may contradict the integrity of the piece, we tend to steer away from pieces in this condition so that we can stay true to the artist’s original intention.

Elaborate Brass Door Knob Side View

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November 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm

Elaborate Brass Door Plate

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This is another great find from the California market, a third stall that we found.  Actually, it’s part of a set, but we’re still cleaning up the other piece and will have it up to show you shortly.  Remember how we were talking about how rare it was to find a matching set?  Well we were lucky enough to find one at the flea market; you really can find everything there, no matter the rarity!

This door plate was probably quite expensive, judging by the degree of embellishments on it, and the fact that it is bronze.  Bronze is a much more expensive metal than copper or brass, especially when it is over 100 years old.  People didn’t have money back then like they do today, and definitely don’t spend as much money decorating their homes like in today’s society.  Any time we find a piece as elaborately decorated like this, we can only imagine where it came from.

Antique Brass Door Plate

We absolutely hit the jackpot with this one though.  Not only was it a matching set that we found, but we were also fortunate enough to find out the history behind the pieces.  The people that rented out the stall were an older couple who prided themselves in their antiques, but wanted to get rid of some of the surplus.  They had come into most of them through relatives, and this particular set was the wife’s grandmothers.  She said she remembered it on her grandmother’s front door when she was a little girl.

Her grandmother had married into a wealthy family, and her husband sensing his wife’s love of decorating, allowed her a hefty budget to decorate the home however she liked.  She had splurged on a gorgeous front door, and had chosen this door plate and coordinating door knob to be the crowning jewel for the door.  Sometimes the stories behind the hardware are just as interesting as the hardware itself.

We’ll show you the doorknob very soon, so hang tight!

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November 8, 2010 at 4:19 pm