Door Age: Door Locks, Knobs, Hinges Hardware as Indicators of Building Age
DOOR HARDWARE AGE - CONTENTS: the type & fabrication details of building doors & door hardware assist in determining building age: types & photographs of door latches, knobs, hinges, window latches, & antique nails & screws
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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.
Hardware Age: Door Locks, Knobs, Hinges & Nails or Screws as Indicators of Building Age
Door Hardware: latches, knobs, hinges, construction details as an indicator of building age
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)
Door Manufacturers & Products Guide
Benchmark Entry Systems (division of Therma-Tru
Steel and fiberglass entry doors
Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors
Wood, wood composite wood, fiberglass, and steel entry
Kolbe Windows and Doors
Wood, steel, and fiberglass entry doors with LVL core and
optional extruded-aluminum cladding on frame
Lamson-Taylor Custom Doors and Millwork
Custom pine and hardwood entry doors with foam insulation
Steel, wood-edged steel, and fiberglass entry doors
Peachtree Doors and Windows
Steel and smooth and textured fiberglass entry doors
Pella Windows and Doors
Fiberglass and steel entry doors
Phoenix Door Manufacturing Company
Softwood and hardwood entry doors up to 8 ft. high and
Simpson Door Company
Douglas-fir, hemlock, oak, and mahogany entrance doors,
including custom doors; also primed MDF, particleboard,
and composite wood doors
Stanley Door Systems (division of Masonite)
Steel and fiberglass entry doors
Weathershield Windows and Doors
Wood and steel entry doors, with wood, vinyl, aluminum clad,
and vinyl-clad frames
Taylor Building Products
Steel (stainable finish) and fiberglass entry doors
Steel and fiberglass entry doors with optional vinyl-clad
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