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Become a Professional in Choosing Antique Door Hardware

As practice shows, purchasing antique door hardware often leads to the wrong choice of the necessary items or that this or that item malfunctions or doesn't work at all. Here are some questions and answers to them that will help you to avoid similar mistakes.

Door Handle or Door Knob?

Measure the distance between the edge of the door and the center of the future lock. Ensure that it's long enough not to damage fingers while checking the work of a door knob. If this distance is very short, it's better to purchase a door handle.

New or Old?

This question can be answered very easily - if you have time you can look for old matching sets, but if you don't it would be more rational to buy new items. You can even find copies of originals, but generally the modern market offers a great choice of different designs of antique door hardware. Besides, new door hardware is easier to install and proves to be more functional and durable.

Which Style of Hardware to Choose?

It's only you who has to answer this question, as you will choose a style according to your personal taste. In any case you may want either a style that will correspond to the general design of the house or the one that will differ from it. You can also pay attention to your door's design only.

Which Material to Choose?

Every material has its own advantages and drawbacks; that's why consider what you're looking for at first. The most common materials include brass, wood, iron, and glass.

The greatest advantage of brass is that it doesn't rot or rust. It is very beautiful, especially if recently polished, but it needs a patina in time. It may have a copper or silver finish. To much polished knobs will discolor if they are not lacquered for a long period of time.

Iron antique door hardware requires protection except for pure black iron that rusts very slowly. Just paint, oil or wax your hardware. It will be perfect if you wear a good patina over time.

Wood is a good material as well. Fruitwoods and ebony can be used but modern hardwoods are more common. They can be stained to get the look of ebony. If any cracks occur they will only add character to the knob.

Ceramic and glass knobs as a rule have their working parts made of brass. If there are some small cracks they are not a problem, but more serious ones can lead to fatal consequences.

Mortise lock or Rimlock?

A mortise lock is installed in the door thickness, while a rimlock is represented by a box that is located on the door. the first one doesn't have knobs, while a rimlock has different knobs on both sides of the door. Choose the lock that is suitable for your door.

Check the Size of Spindle

The spindle is a metal bar that unites the door handles on both sides of the door. If your knob rattles it means that the spindle is too small for the lock, so it's recommended to avoid buying this knob. A big spindle is ok.

So, buy only suitable antique door hardware.