Plates & Rosettes

Antique back plates and rosettes (round back plates) are an important part of antique door hardware for both function and beauty. They set off the antique doorknobs while protecting the door from wear. You might be looking for something to match a missing item in your historic home or want to create a set with your own unique choice of antique hardware. Please note that not all doorknobs fit all door plates or rosettes. 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 already have the lock or latch, be sure the plate dimensions work with it. If you are ordering a set I will check them before completing the order. For those of you with pre-drilled modern doors that are being retrofitted for antique hardware, note that there are some door plates here that will cover the filled hole. See also Helpful Information.



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DP1246 1872 Norwalk Cast Iron Composition Rosette Sleeve Plates

1872 Norwalk Cast Iron Composition Rosette Sleeve Plates

There is probably not a lot of call for these but they are one of those things that if you need it, you REALLY need it! These sleeves were created to be used with the composition rosettes that ended up breaking when screwed directly to the door. I’ve included a photo of the drawing from the Dec 10,... click picture for more info
DP1163 3 Pair Vintage or Antique Pressed Steel Rosettes - DIY

3 Pair Vintage or Antique Pressed Steel Rosettes - DIY

Although you could use these rosettes just as they are they would clean up very nicely. They are still nice and straight with no dents but with some surface rust and old paint that is easily removed. The pairs at the top and bottom of the photo are matched while the set in the middle is very... click picture for more info
DP1153 Antique Branford Lock Works Art Deco Door Plate

Antique Branford Lock Works Art Deco Door Plate

This wrought bronze door plate was manufactured by Branford Lock Works around 1893 many years before the Art Deco style was defined.   There is even some Art Nouveau detail with the flowing vines to go with many styles of architecture. This plate is in excellent condition with no scratching, bends... click picture for more info
DP1007 Antique Cast Iron Door Plate Rosette

Antique Cast Iron Door Plate Rosette

Simple cast iron rosette frequently used in the mid to late 1800s with porcelain, jet and mineral clay doorknobs. Four small prongs on the bottom. Cleaned and retains a dark iron patina. 1-7/8 diameter Doorknob collar 5/8”
DP1012 Antique Cast Iron Door Plate Rosette

Antique Cast Iron Door Plate Rosette

Simple cast iron rosette frequently used in the mid to late 1800s with porcelain, jet and mineral clay doorknobs. Two small prongs on the bottom. With a small raised band along the edge, these go perfectly with Item DE1018 key hole cover (escutcheon). Cleaned and retains a dark iron patina. 1-7/8”... click picture for more info
DP1177 Antique Cast Iron Door Plate Rosettes – Several Pairs Available

Antique Cast Iron Door Plate Rosettes – Several Pairs Available

These are simple cast iron rosettes were frequently used with white porcelain and mineral clay (glossy black, solid brown and Bennington type) doorknobs.  They have been cleaned and retain a dark iron patina with some having traces of the original black enamel. No chips, cracks or repairs and the... click picture for more info
DP1218 Antique Cast Iron Door Plates – Norwalk “Flanders”

Antique Cast Iron Door Plates – Norwalk “Flanders”

These substantial door plates were made by Norwalk around 1900 for their Flemish School of Architecture. They named the design “Flanders”. The thick deep ornate incising is a joy to behold! This crispness is only found on cast metal art work. These plates are in excellent condition with warm bronze... click picture for more info
DP1223 Antique Circa 1909 Penn “Magnolia” Copper Door Plate

Antique Circa 1909 Penn “Magnolia” Copper Door Plate

This is a very pretty plate made by Penn Hardware around 1909 in their “Magnolia” design. Lots of swirling vines set off by the dark factory background. This plate has a small spacing (distance between doorknob & keyhole) so unless you happen to have a lock that matches it is best used where a... click picture for more info
DP1069 Antique Door Plates – Yale & Towne “Florian”

Antique Door Plates – Yale & Towne “Florian”

These delightful escutcheons were made by Yale & Towne around 1900 and they named the pattern “Florian”.  Made of pressed steel with a bronze wash (plating) the bronze is retained at least 95 percent on every one! Sold individually. Plates: 1-13/16” wide x 5-1/2” high Interior doorknob collar... click picture for more info
DP1156 Antique Nashua Egyptian Motif Antique Door Plates

Antique Nashua Egyptian Motif Antique Door Plates

In the late 1800’s Nashua produced Victorian hardware with a distinct Egyptian motif. These cast iron door plates are one of their most popular patterns and were most often paired with black glazed clay knobs – although there is no reason to restrict them. They even look fantastic with round or... click picture for more info
DP1150 Circa 1885 - 1890 Cast Bronze Door Plates by Norwalk

Circa 1885 - 1890 Cast Bronze Door Plates by Norwalk

These fancy solid bronze door plates were made by Norwalk Lock Company in the late 1800’s.  Their signature detailing of arrowed geometrics combined with circles has a somewhat Moorish flavor. Made of solid cast bronze with various levels of patina. Three are in excellent condition and the fourth... click picture for more info
DP1149 Circa 1890 Cast Bronze Rosettes by Norwalk

Circa 1890 Cast Bronze Rosettes by Norwalk

This is a pretty little rosette made by Norwalk Lock Company and is shown in their 1890 hardware catalog. It has their signature detailing of geometrics combined with circles and a nicely picketed raised collar. These rosettes with their small doorknob collar were made for use with either white... click picture for more info
DP1063 Classic Vintage Bronze Door Plate Rosettes

Classic Vintage Bronze Door Plate Rosettes

These heavy bronze rosettes have been cleaned but still retain a nice caramel patina.  Manufactured by Yale in the 1920s – 1940s, the classic details make them a good match for any time period or architectural style.  The recessed areas with their sand finish make for an interesting contrast to the... click picture for more info
DP1195 Early 1900’s Art Nouveau Door Plate

Early 1900’s Art Nouveau Door Plate

This door plate has a sensuous Art Nouveau shape and the soft acanthus leaves at the top and bottom are a perfect accent. It is made of steel with copper plating that has mellowed to a soft glow. There is a tiny dent on the left hand side next to the door knob hole that would be difficult to see... click picture for more info
DP1206 Early 1900’s Art Nouveau Door Plate – Yale & Towne “Olympian”

Early 1900’s Art Nouveau Door Plate – Yale & Towne “Olympian”

Just look at all the sensuous Art Nouveau detailing on this fabulous door plate! It was made by Yale & Towne around 1905 and is signed by them on the back. It is made of wrought bronze with a beautiful dark patina. There is a tiny dimple above the keyhole to the left that you can’t see unless... click picture for more info
DP1039 Elegantly Simple Bronze Door Plate

Elegantly Simple Bronze Door Plate

This beautiful wrought bronze door plate has aged to a nice rich patina.  Not a scratch or dent to be found!   Plate:  2” wide x 7” high Center of doorknob hole to center of round portion of keyhole 2-3/16” Doorknob collar:  3/4” 
DP1001 Fancy Victorian Copper Wash Door Plate with Key Hole

Fancy Victorian Copper Wash Door Plate with Key Hole

This ornate pressed steel door plate remains in excellent condition. Manufactured around the turn of the century. 1-7/8” x 5-3/4” high Doorknob collar 3/4” Center of doorknob hole to center of round portion of keyhole 2"
DP1242 Hard to Find Fancy Nickel Plated Door Plate

Hard to Find Fancy Nickel Plated Door Plate

We frequently find door plates with brass, bronze or copper plating but nickel is not as plentiful. This plate was likely manufactured around 1930 or 1940 and remains in excellent condition. There are no dents or bends and the nickel plating remains almost completely intact with slight patina. ... click picture for more info
DP1244 Large Art Deco Entry Door Plate

Large Art Deco Entry Door Plate

This hard to find large Art Deco entry door plate could be a fantastic architectural element with just a bit of work and creativity. Originally it had a brass plated central accent which now remains only on the upper portion. Re-plating (part or all) would be an option or for an all silver look... click picture for more info
DP1021 Large Arts & Crafts Antique Entry Doorplate

Large Arts & Crafts Antique Entry Doorplate

What a statement this would make for your front door! Made of brass with worn copper plating it is a wonderful example of the Arts & Crafts movement at the turn of the century. Width at the doorknob collar 3” Width required 4” Height 14” Center of doorknob hole to center of round portion of top... click picture for more info

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