Midcentury modern front door escutcheons — 2 reproductions from Liz’s Antique Hardware


Today — a new discovery — two retro style escutcheons available exclusively from Liz’s Antique Hardware — here — and here. We already know that Rejuvenation offers midcentury modern style door backplates in starburst designs, a Brutalist doorplate and several minimalist geometric options. With these newly discovered options from Liz’s Antique Hardware, our count for retro door escutcheons on the market today not comes to eight — plus Roundhouse Sarah explained how she made one DIY.  Let’s take a closer look at Liz’s designs…


Each style is cast in brass and available in three metal finishes, chrome, polished chrome and satin bronze. The sputnik design above measures a whopping 11″ tall and 8.5″ wide. It retails for $145.mid-century-escutcheon-reproduction door-escutcheon-retro-60s midcentury-modern-escutcheon

The starburst design is 7″ high and 3.5″ wide. It sells for $95. I contacted Liz’s Antique Hardware to ask why they started manufacturing these reproductions, and to ask if they fit most modern door sets. Terri, who is in charge of the company’s reproduction hardware sales, replied:

Thanks for asking about our reproduction mid-century door plates. We sell vintage hardware circa 1850 to 1970, as well as reproduction and contemporary hardware, and about ten years ago our customers began asking for mid-century door hardware. We had trouble finding original mid-century oversized door plates, so we decided to manufacture our own line. These pieces are designed to fit most Schlage and Kwikset knobs.

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Its great to have so many options, isn’t it? Thanks, Liz’s Antique Hardware, for bringing these to market!

  1. Laurie Louise says:

    My apologies, Kate! I didn’t read the attribution before commenting. Thanks for a great resource!

  2. Randerson says:

    Cool designs, but crazy pricey!
    Being a strictly decorative item, ultimate quality might be, to some, of somewhat less importance than, say a functioning mechanical part, and guaranteed, these could easily be made overseas and sold for 1/3 that or less in cast brass, or for well under $10, if in stamped and brass or chrome plated steel, which is what many door handles are made of anyway! $100+ is a heckuva lot for more and more folks these days, especially for a non-essential item. And while we all prefer to see things US made, this is one of the reasons why some jobs have disappeared. Maybe they, or someone else, could introduce an affordable line of MCM door hardware? Seems like a good opportunity for someone.

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