The New York Times recently published an article documenting A History of New York in 50 Objects. As an addendum to this list, The Editors also added 15 more objects, as suggested by readers. One of these objects is the quintessential brass door knob found in New York City Public Schools, as seen in the late Nineteenth century and early Twentieth century. How can you not be enamored with the detail and almost heroic statement of this knob. The top image shows a very well preserved and seemingly underutilized knob. The image below shows the same knob design, with a bit more wear and patina. Which one do you prefer?