Door Knobs

Sometimes only the antique or vintage door knobs are needed. You might be looking for a knob, or knobs, to match a missing item in your historic home or want to create your own set with a custom mix of door plates, key hole escutcheons and latches. Please note that not all door knobs fit all door plates or rosettes (round door plates). Pay attention to the dimensions of both. I try to give measurements as close as possible but sometimes just a millimeter difference prohibits the knob from sitting in the plate properly. If you are ordering a set I will check them before completing the order. 

For those of you with modern pre-drilled doors you can either repair the large hole (see FAQ) or obtain a retrofit kit (see Links page).

Unless otherwise noted these knobs take a 1/4" (9/32") spindle.



Item #- Item
DK1175 Pair Early 1900’s Cast Bronze Beaded Doorknobs

Pair Early 1900’s Cast Bronze Beaded Doorknobs

This is a very high quality set of doorknobs made in the early 1900’s. They feature the popular beading that goes with almost every type of architecture. Oh, so elegant! They are made of solid cast bronze (not pressed or wrought) and weigh in at almost a pound. They have a lovely patina and the... click picture for more info
DK1174 Single Antique Iron Doorknob – R & E “Amarat”

Single Antique Iron Doorknob – R & E “Amarat”

This knob was made by Russell & Erwin around 1900 and they named the design “Amarat”. The metal art work has a whimsical Victorian theme with lots of curls and stylized leaves. Knob is made of cast and wrought iron. The original bronze plating has worn off and it is now a dark grey patina. Some... click picture for more info
DK1173 Pair Ornate Antique Bronze Doorknobs – R & E “Amarat”

Pair Ornate Antique Bronze Doorknobs – R & E “Amarat”

This set was made by Russell & Erwin around 1900 and they named the design “Amarat”. The metal art work has a whimsical Victorian theme with lots of curls and stylized leaves. The patina is to die for! I just love the soft picketing along the perimeter! Very fine workmanship in solid thick cast... click picture for more info
DK1169 Pair Cast Iron Antique Doorknobs – Reading “Mantua”

Pair Cast Iron Antique Doorknobs – Reading “Mantua”

This is a spectacular set of heavy cast iron doorknobs. A four-fold design of acanthus leaves is very deeply recessed in high relief for metal art work at its finest. They were made by Reading Hardware around 1900 and they dubbed the design “Mantua”. No wear to the design and no chips or cracks.... click picture for more info
DK1167 Pair Cast Brass Antique Doorknobs – Barrows “Baltic”

Pair Cast Brass Antique Doorknobs – Barrows “Baltic”

Just look at all the vines, ferns and bluebells twined together on these knobs! Be sure to enlarge the photo so you can see the fine detail clearly. They were made by Barrows between 1900 and 1925 and they dubbed the design “Baltic”. Obviously quite popular for a 25 year production run! Made of... click picture for more info
DK1162 Pair Bennington Type Antique Doorknobs for Rim Locks

Pair Bennington Type Antique Doorknobs for Rim Locks

The fantastic swirling colors were obtained by the use of different color mineral clays which were formed and then glazed. There are no two alike. These doorknobs are frequently referred to as “Bennington” but those rare knobs had a solid cream colored base, not reddish swirls. I’ve included a... click picture for more info
DK1161 Pair Antique Bronze Victorian Era Door Knobs

Pair Antique Bronze Victorian Era Door Knobs

Not all homes at the turn of the century had fancy hardware and these simple knobs have a charm all their own for their simplicity. They are made of wrought bronze with no dents or heavy scratching and a lovely caramel patina to die for! One knob has some mottling of colors (including a bit of the... click picture for more info
DK1155 Late 1800’s Beaded Oval Door Knob

Late 1800’s Beaded Oval Door Knob

This is a lovely oval door knob with 3/16” beads. It is well constructed with a cast iron base and a wrought iron top. It has aged to a medium silver color that could be polished if you wish. There is a small area of rust on the edge (see side photo) that will wear away with use or you could sand... click picture for more info
DK1153 Vintage Brass Concentric Door Knob

Vintage Brass Concentric Door Knob

Simple knob with just a touch of elegance from the 1920’s +/-. Made of wrought brass that has aged to a nice medium patina. There is a small dent in the front that doesn’t show much unless the light hits it just right – like a camera flash :o) Doorknob:  2-1/4” diameter Shaft:  3/4” diameter
DK1152 Pretty Yale & Towne Door Knob – 3 Part Spindle

Pretty Yale & Towne Door Knob – 3 Part Spindle

This is a pretty door knob that was made by Yale & Towne around 1915. It is made of wrought iron with a dark iron patina. Although not visible in the photo there appears to be some old nickel plating left in the front recesses that gives a slightly silver color. This knob utilizes a unique... click picture for more info
DK1149 Dainty Five-fold Door Knob – Reading “Clifton”

Dainty Five-fold Door Knob – Reading “Clifton”

This door knob, with its dainty five-fold design, was made by Reading Hardware around 1895. They dubbed the pattern “Clifton”. This knob is in excellent condition. It is made of wrought bronze with a fabulous patina. No dings, breaks or repairs. Diameter 2-1/4” Shaft diameter 5/8”
DK1147 Simple Early 1900’s Copper Steel Door Knob

Simple Early 1900’s Copper Steel Door Knob

This is a simple vintage door knob with just a touch of soft detail in its shape. It is made of steel with the remains of copper plating giving it a nice distressed look. There are no dents, dings or breaks. Diameter 2-1/4” Shaft diameter 11/16”
DK1146 Historical 1874 Hopkins & Dickinson Ornate Door Knob

Historical 1874 Hopkins & Dickinson Ornate Door Knob

Hopkins & Dickinson was a premier hardware manufacturer during the Victorian era. Their hardware is found where only the best would do. This particular designed knob is found in the Benjamin Harrison House (23rd President of the United States) in Indianapolis, Indiana. The home is a 16 room... click picture for more info
DK1144 Pair Antique Ornate Nashua Hemacite Doorknobs

Pair Antique Ornate Nashua Hemacite Doorknobs

Although the dainty design is very pretty, what makes these door knobs special is the material!  Hemacite is a material made from sawdust and the blood of slaughtered cattle and pigs. Before you go – ick! – keep in mind that this is biodegradable and safer for our environment than modern day... click picture for more info
DK1126 3 Pair Black Mineral Clay Doorknobs for Rim Locks – Need Work

3 Pair Black Mineral Clay Doorknobs for Rim Locks – Need Work

Sometimes known as Ebony, Jet or Aradh knobs, these glossy black doorknobs are made of red mineral clay that has a thick black glaze - similar to a ceramic item. These knobs are for use with an antique rim lock and were used from the late 1800’s to the early 1900’s. The flared shaft goes against... click picture for more info
DK1115 Pair Rare Petite Black Glazed Mineral Clay Antique Door Knobs

Pair Rare Petite Black Glazed Mineral Clay Antique Door Knobs

Although the black glazed knobs were used frequently these smaller 2” diameter knobs are very hard to find. To find them in such premium condition is even more unusual. They still have a blush of the original bronze wash on the iron shafts. Perfect for a pantry or screen door or anywhere a small... click picture for more info
DK1114 Pair Black Glazed Mineral Clay Antique Door Knobs

Pair Black Glazed Mineral Clay Antique Door Knobs

These black glazed knobs were frequently used with ornamental hardware in the late 1800’s and their use continued into the early 20th century. They are sometimes incorrectly referred to as porcelain – which is a white base. This kind of knob is made of red mineral clay that was formed around the... click picture for more info
DK1109 Antique Oval Beaded Doorknob with Nickel Plating

Antique Oval Beaded Doorknob with Nickel Plating

This doorknob has lots of the original nickel plating and could be even more impressive by polishing so the underlying steel is a silver color as well. Although it doesn’t have a high gloss it is much more shiny “in person”. 2-3/4” tall x 1-3/4” wide (oval) Shaft is 5/8” diameter
DK1108 Pair Petite Plain Jane Steel Doorknobs

Pair Petite Plain Jane Steel Doorknobs

Maybe you have a door that calls for a smaller plain doorknob? These knobs are just the ticket for a pantry or French door! They had some light surface rust that I’ve oiled for a dark chocolate patina. In great condition with no dents. The above price is for the pair. You will receive two doorknobs... click picture for more info
DK1102 Rare Tiny White Porcelain Doorknobs with Nickel Shafts

Rare Tiny White Porcelain Doorknobs with Nickel Shafts

These little doorknobs are just darling! Creamy white with little imperfections and age spots they look like little speckled bird eggs. For a touch of class the shafts are a shiny silver nickel. I’ve taken a photo with the little ones next to a standard white porcelain knob so you can see the... click picture for more info

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