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Door Knobs: An Opening to the Past.

 

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The first time I walked through our home I fell in love with the uniquely enchanting door hardware. Please reference this previous post highlighting our original door hardware: How do I love thee…let me count the ways.  Each door featured a different knob, a different back plate, a different story, a different feeling. Rather than start over with all identically shiny and new doorknobs we wanted to highlight and build upon this playfully unique doorknob collection.

All of the existing door hardware needed refinishing, so we carefully pulled all of the back plates, doorknobs, and mortise sets out of the doors.

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See original doorknob and back plate sets below!

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All of our original door hardware uses mortise sets, something not commonly utilized today.  A mortise set is housed in a bored out pocket in the side of the door. Mortise sets are supremely secure and stable, and apparently rather long lasting. All of our original sets are perfectly functioning and will continue open doors in our home for years to come. We are also fortunate to have a contractor who salvaged and saved many mortise sets over the past several years from previous projects. We were able to pull all of our needed mortise sets from this box for our new doors.

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Below: Mortise lock: “Patented June 26 1882 July 23 1886”

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Not all of the door hardware was original to the house (case in point: shiny bright chrome knobs) and therefore needed replacement with more stylistically and age appropriate doorknobs. We also added new doors to the house because of our addition; these new doors needed equally appropriate doorknobs. But where do you find 100 year old doorknobs? Ft. Worth, Texas apparently! We stumbled upon the most delightful reclamation store on a quick trip to our lovely neighbor to the West, Ft. Worth. If you are renovating an old home, or you just enjoy taking a small trip back in time via a warm, cozy, and wonderfully quirky store, then you should visit The Old Home Supply. Look at these gems!

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Once we finally had all of our original and acquired knobs, back plates, and mortise sets all together in one place we were ready to assemble each set and specify the exact home for each full set. It was a long process.

Below: Our check list and all of our wonderful pieces ready to be chosen for each particular room and door!

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Below: Each set assembled needed two door knobs, two back plates, and a mortise set.

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Below: Fully assembled set for the girls’ bedroom door in a labeled ziplock bag next to our detailed checklist.

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Below: All of our sets matched up, sorted, and labeled. Ready to be installed and ready to open doors for the next 100 years!

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Below: A glorious Fall afternoon to cheer on our big cousin football player!

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Preciously sweet sisters.

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Adorable ballerina.

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Birthday party prep last weekend. Rainbows and unicorns! Love.

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Time for bed and snuggles.

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Love and hugs,

Suzie

 

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