Upload photos of the vintage door knobs and escutcheons in your house — our famous Uploader is ON

Seriously, what other website wants to see photos of your old door knobs and related hardware — that is, escutcheons? This was suggested by reader Madeline, who wrote:

vintage escutcheon
This rare escutcheon — oh my, so gorgeous — was designed by Howard Pierce; I’ve spotted the design for sale on ebay twice.

Hi Pam,

Would you consider doing a reader-uploader-thing for door knobs and related hardware? (I’m assuming you haven’t already done this in the past.)

I am debating over which style to use on my (currently nonexistent and purely theoretical!) 70’s style contemporary house after having amassed a decent amount of NOS Weiser tulip door knobs in antiqued brass.

I would love to see what other people have on their doors – interior and exterior!

If anybody collects old catalogs from Schlage, Weiser, and so on (someone has been buying them all off eBay… who are you?!) those could be interesting too.


P.S. Your webpage is a dangerous influence! 😉

Thank you, Madeline, for the great idea. And I hope, “Dangerous in a Good Way” 😉

Our lead photo, above, to start: A Ruth Richmond for Weiserlock doorknob that designer Ben Sander turned me on to. Of course, ever since I wrote about these doorknobs, prices on ebay have doubled or tripled or more. Doggonit.

UPDATE: My site was taking too long to load. So I turned the Uploader off while I asked my host server to see what/if there was a problem. I’ll add the uploader back if / when. Meanwhile, enjoy the photos uploaded so far:


Tips to view slide show: Click on first image… it will enlarge and you can also read my captions… move forward or back via arrows below the photo… you can start or stop at any image:

  1. Nancy M Herbert says:

    I can almost state that this is why we bought the place! It’s on the front door to our condo overlooking the Ballard Locks (in Seattle) build in 1982. We swing the lion’s head away to use the keyhole. The man who built our building owned our unit so it’s got a few ‘extras’ the other ones don’t have. Thank goodness that the floor to ceiling aquarium has been removed, along with the hot tub in our skylight room (entire ceiling is glass)! It gives me the willies to think about how much water used to be stored up here.

  2. Nancy M Herbert says:

    (see my reply to Marie). We sold our mcm home in October which was located in North Seattle. It’s front door was very cool, too, but yes, the lion’s head is swank and takes the cake!

    Our condo’s bathroom also has pink marble and 3 vintage Lightolier Sciolari glass rod light fixtures which I love, love, love. I feel oh, so pretty in there!

  3. JH says:

    Thanks for this! Still looking for something appropriate for our 1949 Cliff May (wanna be?) ranch “front” dutch door. (In quotes because it’s a door into a breezeway instead of the house.) The original was swapped out maybe in the 80s before we bought it.

  4. Bobbie says:

    That doorknob! The one on the main story — the gold encased in glass. That doorknob! It. Is. Stunning.

  5. Madeline says:

    Must be the same company… I wonder if they are the exact same product. Could be useful if trying to collect more matching door knobs! 😉

  6. Julie C Puterbaugh says:

    Re: Schlage Novo in Aluminum

    I live in Central Ohio in a small pocket of 50’s ranches, and I think a LOT of my neighbors (myself included) have these. I fortunately have spares since they were not suitable from an insurance standpoint for exterior use.

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