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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.

 

eastlakedoorknob

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

 

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Just A Handle

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Here is another piece from the same gentleman that sent us the pineapple eating turtle drawer pull back.  This part, as you can see from the picture, is just the swinging handle part, along with the two pins necessary to hold it in place.  I know what many of you might be thinking, but no, this is not the missing piece for the turtle.

Take a really good look at it.  This piece is probably about twenty or so years older than turtle, and may even be made of a different metal.  We can’t say for sure quite yet; it’s still really dirty and needs a lot of cleaning done to it before we can make any declaration about it.  We can definitely say that it seems to be missing a piece, but that may not be the case.

While drawer pulls have always been somewhat necessary, they have not always been as decorative as they are today.  It’s commonplace nowadays to have a removable backplate that has a swinging handle, but this is a relatively new decoration, all things considering.

simple twisted handle

Handles for drawers started off as just that; simply a handle, like the one we are featuring now.  There was no real need for any sort of decoration, and most people couldn’t afford them when they were available.  They were too fancy and far too expensive for most homes.  Another reason is many people made their own furniture, or bartered for goods with others to get what they needed.  This was especially true in farm towns, and villages far from the big cities.

It just wasn’t practical to use valuable for metalsmiths to use their talent to create something so decorative while knowing nobody could afford it.  They had two options; move to a big city and try to sell them there, or stick to what would and could sell and be happy with what you had.

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April 12, 2011 at 10:10 am

Turtle Drawer Pull Back

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You can tell that Spring is finally trying to arrive. Yes, there’s still plenty of snow on the ground, and more snowstorms are being called for, but the sun is shining a little brighter, and the days are seeming just the slightest bit longer. It will still take quite some time for the snow to fully melt, but the days of shoveling out of the front door and digging to find the car will soon be things of the past, for a few months anyway.

So, what does this all mean? Simple; we can finally do some searching on our own, instead of relying on auctions and secondhand stores to provide it for us! We’ve been doing a lot of scouting from home, and made a few phone calls to some prospective places to search. There have been a few people who have sought us out, too, and have sent us samples of what they have to offer us.

Turtle Drawer Pull

This first piece is one of those such samples. The person that sent it to us didn’t tell us any of the history behind it, but guaranteed us that we would be very interested in it, as well as others they have to offer. This drawer pull backing is missing the swinging handle part, but that is very easy to replace, and fairly common, seeing how it is the part of the hardware that is actually used.

I first thought this looked like the shell of a turtle, but while a couple of my co-workers agreed with me, the more common thought was that of a pineapple. Perhaps they are all dreaming to escape from our Winter wonderland into a more tropical climate, or were just hungry. Maybe it’s a pineapple-eating turtle? This is going to be an absolute beauty once it’s cleaned up, and I can’t wait to find out more about it!

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April 5, 2011 at 8:40 am

Twisted Iron Drawer Pull

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Well, this is probably the most basic drawer handle we’ve featured yet, and the oldest to boot.  This piece was in the same box as the really old door handle, and I’m willing to bet that these two pieces came from the same place.  Of course, we still don’t know exactly when or where they are from, but it’s been fun guessing and creating histories for these two pieces.

This one, we have decided, is more in the range of 120 years old, and was used on an older model of cabinetry, similar to a more primitive filing cabinet. It was three drawers high, made of solid, sturdy wood, and was used to store the store’s books; anything from receipt books, credit logs, inventory lists, and the like.  A cabinet like that would have needed a sturdy handle on it, yet one that was easy to remove and repair if it broke.

Twisted Iron Drawer Pull

This handle is made of  cast iron, which despite it’s weight, was a very popular choice for cabinetry hardware in it’s day.  It was easy to create, and therefore easy and affordable to repair, and probably the most durable metal out there when cared for properly.  It’s simple construction allowed the handle itself to be removed easily for proper cleaning and maintenance.

This piece, with it’s simplistic twisted design, while be extremely easy for us to get ready to mold, as the deconstruction process is extremely short.  The three piece design makes it even easier to install in any piece in your home or business, and would be a great accent piece on even the most modern piece of furniture.  This piece will be offered in a variety of finishes to satisfy even the most sophist aced decorator’s palette.  Polished brass probably will not  be offered; I don’t think the design suits that finish very well at all.

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March 2, 2011 at 5:52 pm