Rare Russell & Erwin “Doggie” Doorknob and Rosette







Price: $800.00 - Free Shipping!!

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The “Doggie” knob is probably the most prized and sought after piece of artistic Victorian hardware. Web Wilson Auctions sold the first “doggie” door knob for $3600 in 1996, and a few years later, sold a rare variation of the doggie design for more than $8000.

Originally designed and patented (June 7, 1870) by Ludwig Kreuzinger of the Metallic Compression Casting Company it was later produced by Russell & Erwin when they acquired the company in the early 1870s. This knob is signed MADE BY RUSSELL AND ERWIN MFG. CO. on the reverse side. BEWARE: There are reproductions of this doorknob and unless R & E or MCCC  is stamped on the back and there is a square hole to accept the spindle, the knob is not authentic. The matching triangular rosette appears to have a patent date above the spindle hole but is too worn to read even with a loupe.

Since a picture is worth a thousand words I’ve included many from all angles. The knob does have wear and dings (including the pup’s nose) but if it didn’t the price would be much higher! Note that these photos were taken with a flash. If you would like additional photos, please ask.

Knob diameter 2-3/8”
Rosette 4-5/8” high x 2-3/8” at widest point

Sold as set: Knob and rosette

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