The Beauty of Antique Brass Optical Instruments

We all know and love the warmth of patina in the world of door hardware and trim – That mellow aging of brass and bronze which adds so much character to a space.  Another way to bring this lustrous glow into a room is to accessorize with optics.  Vintage Microscopes, Binoculars, Telescopes, Opera Glasses, and their variants make for incredible accent pieces.  Below is a sampling of some of our favorites we have stumbled across.

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Feature This…Thinking Craftsman with Canadian Homes & Cottages Magazine

We’d like to thank Canadian Homes & Cottages for featuring our Project-Ready Craftsman-inspired door hardware, Suite 9504.  Canadian Homes & Cottages publishes magazines for both Developers and Consumers…a valuable resource.  Merci!

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Carved Beauties…Salvaged Vintage Entry Doors

We love outfitting Entry Doors with our Bespoke Door Knobs and Pulls – from newly manufactured premium makers, such as Scottsdale Art Factory – to restored vintage beauties, which hold so much character.  Here are a few choice examples of reclaimed/salvaged Entry Doors from The Demolition Depot in New York.

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This last set is begging for 2 of our soon-to-be-launched oversize center door knobs!

Locked Away in Patina…Vintage Bank Vaults

We have recently become attracted to the allure of vintage bank vaults.  The beautiful metalwork, detailed mechanisms, and lustrous patina make for undeniable eye-candy.

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Photo courtesy of Daniel Leininger.

This particular vault door is on display at the City Museum in Downtown St Louis.  The detailed brass and steel is a sight to behold.  Did you know that most vaults are custom designed?  The vault is usually the first aspect of a new bank building to be designed and built.

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Photo courtesy of Daniel Leininger.

These Beautiful images are courtesy of Daniel Leininger.

History Class…Vintage New York City Public School Door Knobs

Vintage Brass Door Knob from the NYC Public School System
Photo Courtesy of Demolition Depot, Tony Cenicola/The New York Times

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?

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Courtesy of walkingcanes.com

The Mystique of Detail…Vintage Masonic Door Hardware

We are amazed at the detail, quantity, and variation in vintage Masonic door hardware produced in the late 19th century and early 20th century.  Seeing so many intricate designs, custom-built for various Masonic Temples harkens back to a golden age of fine hand-crafted metalwork.

Masonic Door Knobs and Escutcheon Plates. Photo courtesy of Demolition Depot

It is not our place to comment on the cultural intricacies of American Freemasonry…but we can certainly reel at the sheer number and beauty of Masonic Door Knobs, Escutcheons, and other hardware accessories…stunning!

Masonic Door Knocker. Photo courtesy of liveauctioneers.com.

Vintage Masonic Door Hardware Illustration. Image Courtesy of phoenixmasonry.org.

Door Knob and Design Destinations: Hudson, NY

Hudson, NY, situated 2 hours North of New York City on the East side of the Hudson river, has become a destination for Designers seeking out one-of-a-kind show pieces.  Considered “one of the richest dictionaries of architectural history in New York state”, Hudson has truly become a mecca in the Northeast United States for gawking at historic architecture…not to mention a tremendous resource for antiques.  The gorgeous row houses and Victorian homes dazzle daily visitors, and tempt city-dwellers to make the move North.

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Thankfully, much of Hudson’s Architectural detail is intact, including much in the way of vintage door hardware.  The warmth and beauty of this well-worn patina is undeniable.  Go for a shopping trip (Hudson Supermarket…fantastic antiques), enjoy fine food and drink (The Crimson Sparrow…yum!), and soak in the design detail of this Hudson Valley Renaissance town!