Glass doorknobs?

kerrygwDecember 29, 2008

So I'm stumped. We are renovating a 1906 Craftsman-inspired house that needs some serious TLC but has good bones. It has glass egg shaped doorknobs on many of the doors - I think they add character, my husband dislikes them. The knobs are large with very plain glass (smooth, not cut) and a plain rosette. I'd like to find more of them to figure out if they are most likely original to the house or if they were more likely added later, but I can't find anything similar anywhere. Has anyone seen knobs like this before? I've tried eBay, Historic House Parts, Look in the Attic, and a lot of the architectural salvage places to no avail. Any information would be appreciated!

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Check with Robinson's. He has a great web site and tons of knobs etc. He will know where you can get them I bet.

Here is a link that might be useful: hardware

    Bookmark   December 29, 2008 at 9:21PM
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I just noticed these in a catalog that I had laying around. Sounds like what you are looking for?

Here is a link that might be useful: Rocky Mountain K150

    Bookmark   January 1, 2009 at 2:46PM
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Renovator's Supply has a selection of glass knobs, not sure if any are egg shaped.

    Bookmark   January 1, 2009 at 4:39PM
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Thanks everyone. They are very similar to the Rocky Mountain knobs, though I'd love to find a vintage source. I didn't see anything at Renovator's that matched, but I'll do some more searching with Robinson's as well. Thanks!

    Bookmark   January 2, 2009 at 4:05PM
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Many of the antique stores downtown have bins filled with old latches, doorknobs, and other hardware. Have you ever just tried looking in places like that? I'm not sure about the age of glass knobs, remember seeing a lot of them in older houses when I was a old house has what looks like white porcelain knobs on the exterior doors, and latches on what interior doors had hardware at all.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2009 at 8:55PM
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From what I've read, glass knobs have been around since the mid 1800s, but they became really popular around WWI when the metals were being used to make ammunition and such. I'll need to take a bit of a "field trip" to check out some of the salvage yards around - most of our antique stores locally deal with lovely (but expensive) antique furniture rather than (what I would consider) the more "fun" stuff like hardware. We live in an old victorian house now, so I'm pretty used to the glass knobs, but the vast majority are faceted and hexagonal (or octagonal) rather than oval and smooth. I haven't seen ones like these before and was curious if others have. I like the porcelain knobs as well - you are lucky to have them!

    Bookmark   January 5, 2009 at 11:48AM
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