Vintage door escutcheons: A new MIB stash uncovered

Escutcheon made by the Han-Kow Tassle Company, Chinatown San Francisco, (1915-1978)

Update: This is a story from 2010, so this stock is long gone. However, I am leaving this story up for reference purposes. Door escutcheons like this can be found at companies like Rejuvenation (made new), and vintage at places like ebay. 

Little by little, Joy is unearthing the dusty hardware treasures lying in wait for us out back at Anderson’s Classic Hardware. Her most recent find: A nice big stash of vintage door escutcheons — back plates that go behind your door knob. Oh, did I mention that she says there are More?   To launch the slide show, click on the first thumbnail then move forward via the arrow below each image:

  1. aaron france says:

    wow cool. any leads on how i can come across 200 or so old escutcheons ..the dirtier and rustier the better..my local salvage yard has thousands that are perfect but wants 25 bucks a piece…for un useable ones..and thats what i want..they will be for an art project not home repair. ide love to find a old milk crate full of “junk-y” ones..any leads?i live in indiana .

  2. Susan says:

    Though on a somewhat related topic, I am trying to find out which exterior trim paint colors were popular on homes in the Mid-Atlantic region (Maryland) in the 1970’s. I own a condo that was built in 1973 and I want to learn more about the door styles and colors that were commonly used on what I’d consider to be a contemporary style (stained wood siding and slider windows with no grills) condos and homes. Thank you in advance for any suggestions.

  3. philq says:

    These were sometimes advertised as “Lock Fashions” by Schlage. I am fortunate enough to have various original 1956 Schlage escutcheons – Continental, Manhattan, Regent and Ming – on five of my exterior doors. Curiously, the front door has a colonial style, wrought iron handle/thumb latch instead. BTW, there is a group devoted to MCM door hardware!

  4. MaryE says:

    If she comes across floor vents and wall vents–I’m interested in buying. None of the ones available on the market are the right size.

    1. pam kueber says:

      MaryE, my DH tracked down ones that fit our house — it wasn’t easy, as I recall. I’ll ask him and post…

  5. Deborah Milne says:

    These vintage escutcheons are fabulous. I’m so glad you posted about these great finds. My parents had a home that had a center doorknob with a huge circular back plate. My friends always talked about how “weird” it was in actuality it was pretty darn cool!

    What is greater than making a unique statement to those who are entering your home?!

  6. Guy H. says:

    Wonderful! My front door has a doorplate (and matching knob) similar to the plate second row, second from left.

    I love some of the other knobs and plates….

    My favorite style of doorknob is the starburst type that was located in the CENTER of the door. I notice that in lots of old movies.

      1. Guy H. says:

        Wow! I had never seen Cindy’s pictures in any of my trips to the archives. What a wonderful house. And I love that door handle and escutcheon! That’s on my dream list!

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