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Building door & door hardware age: door & window hardware, knobs, latches, hinges, & screws & nails. This article describes and illustrates antique & modern hardware: door knobs, latches, hinges, window latches, hardware, nails & screws can help determine a building's age by noting how those parts were fabricated: by hand, by machine, by later generations of machine.
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Above is door hardware from the Suffolk Reserves house dating from 1774. Notice in both the door hardware photos above and those shown below that unlike contemporary passage door locksets, the knob setback distance from the door edge is considerably greater. The left hand photos show the door lock hardware and the right hand photos show the knob and key opening on the opposite side of the door.
Above and below are more examples of door hardware from the 1774 Suffolk Reserve house.
At above left is an interior passage door lock and door knob from a Hyde Park New York home built ca 1880.
At above left is a string-operated entry door latch installed at the main floor entrance of an apartment building in the Barri Gotic in Barcelona, Spain. We estimate that this hardware may be more than 150 years old. The string permits occupants of any of the four floors of the building to open the entry door without having to descend the stairs.
At above right is the door latch assembly for the main entry to a Tlaxcala Mexico hacienda that was constructed for Cortes. We estimate that the door and its hardware date from the 1850's.
At below left is a clinched-nail and studded exterior door using hand-wrought fasteners at el Charco, in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.
At above is a collection of antique door knobs in a shop in Boston's Boylston area.
(Photos of various door & door hardware components with age dating details wanted. CONTACT Us)
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