The art of glass: Antique doorknobs
Once upon a time not only floors and windows sparkled, but doors did, too. Glass doorknobs shimmered into vogue during the First World War (when metal was diverted to the war effort), effervescently combining form and function. Today the legacy lives on, instantly brightening your space and lifting your spirit.
Antique glass doorknobs usually have six, eight or 12 facets and a flat top so the pattern at the base is visible. Many modern versions are made from lead crystal, and appear clear, not as ‘watery’ as the originals.
1 The delicate classicist
New York backing and crystal doorknob. $121 US, Nostalgic Hardware.
2 The "money's-no-object" purist
Colette Doorknob in polished nickel, $794.95, Elte.
3 The standard-bearer
Estate Crystal doorknob in polished chrome. $84, Baldwin.
4 The modern devotee
Ice Cube Door Handle. $95, The Cube Collection.