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
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
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
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
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” 
DP1263 Four Vintage Brass Plated Rosettes

Four Vintage Brass Plated Rosettes

These simple rosettes are made of pressed steel with brass plating. They are all in excellent condition with no dents, bends or scratches. Note that they are a lot more shiny than they look in the picture. Perfect for glass doorknobs! The above price is for all 4 rosettes – 1 set of 4. 2-1/8”... click picture for more info
DP1260 Gothic Hammered Cast Iron Diamond Rosette

Gothic Hammered Cast Iron Diamond Rosette

Although I show this rosette mounted as a diamond it could also be installed as a square rosette. It is made of solid cast iron that has aged to a dark black patina. The ornate hammered effect of the casting is a nice touch. Note that this rosette must be used with a stepped shaft knob. See photo... click picture for more info
DP1261 Handy Knob Locking Rosette

Handy Knob Locking Rosette

This vintage steel rosette has a handy locking function. Pushing the tab one way or the other either allows the square knob spindle to rotate or stops it right in its tracks! Great for a bedroom door to allow privacy. The rosette is made of steel that has aged to a chocolate patina. No dents or... click picture for more info
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
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
DP1011 Larger Antique Cast Iron Door Plate Rosettes - Branford

Larger Antique Cast Iron Door Plate Rosettes - Branford

These rosettes were made by Branford Lock Works and are slightly larger than typical cast iron rosettes. They were frequently used in the mid to late 1800s with porcelain, jet and mineral clay doorknobs for the off side of the door with rim locks. Three small prongs on the bottom. Cleaned and... click picture for more info
DP1047 Leaf or Ivy Pattern Cast Bronze Door Plate – Corbin 1881

Leaf or Ivy Pattern Cast Bronze Door Plate – Corbin 1881

This is a beautiful cast bronze door plate that was manufactured by P & F Corbin around 1881 in their Leaf or Ivy pattern.  Very well made with picketing around the doorknob collar.  Note that the screw head just under the doorknob hole would form the center of a flower! This plate has been... click picture for more info
DP1048 Mission or Arts & Crafts Cast Brass Entry Doorplate

Mission or Arts & Crafts Cast Brass Entry Doorplate

This is a very heavy old brass door plate that was probably manufactured around the turn of the century.  The design is quite handsome with a rotating keyhole cover to seal out drafts.  The brass has weathered to a grayish color with splotches of light colored verdigris.  It does have some... click picture for more info
DP1127 Old Entry Door Plate with Chippy Red Paint

Old Entry Door Plate with Chippy Red Paint

I usually remove any paint from my hardware but the paint on this one was so appealing that I opted to leave it. Although the ornate hardware is lovely sometimes an old home is better served with simplicity. This door plate is also large enough to cover a multitude of flaws on the door itself. Made... click picture for more info

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