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  • DOOR HARDWARE AGE - CONTENTS: the type & fabrication details of building doors & door hardware assist in determining building age: types & photographs of door latches, knobs, hinges, window latches, & antique nails & screws
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Building door & door hardware age:

Door & window hardware, knobs, latches, hinges, & screws & nails. This article describes and illustrates antique & modern hardware: door knobs, latches, hinges, window latches, hardware, nails & screws can help determine a building's age by noting how those parts were fabricated: by hand, by machine, by later generations of machine.

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Hardware Age: Door Locks, Knobs, Hinges & Nails or Screws as Indicators of Building Age

Door Hardware: latches, knobs, hinges, construction details as an indicator of building age

Antique door hardware, Suffolk Resolves House 1774 latch © Daniel Friedman Antique door hardware, Suffolk Resolves House 1774 latch © Daniel Friedman

Above is door hardware from the Suffolk Reserves house dating from 1774. Notice in both the door hardware photos above and those shown below that unlike contemporary passage door locksets, the knob setback distance from the door edge is considerably greater. The left hand photos show the door lock hardware and the right hand photos show the knob and key opening on the opposite side of the door.

Antique door hardware, Suffolk Resolves House 1774 latch © Daniel Friedman Antique door hardware, Suffolk Resolves House 1774 latch © Daniel Friedman

Above and below are more examples of door hardware from the 1774 Suffolk Reserve house.

Antique door hardware, Suffolk Resolves House 1774 latch © Daniel Friedman Window latch © Daniel Friedman

Antique door hardware, Suffolk Resolves House 1774 latch © Daniel Friedman

At above left is an interior passage door lock and door knob from a Hyde Park New York home built ca 1880.

Antique door latch assembly, Barcelona Spain © Daniel Friedman Antique door latch assembly, Tlaxcala Mexico, hacienda dating to era of Cortes © Daniel Friedman

At above left is a string-operated entry door latch installed at the main floor entrance of an apartment building in the Barri Gotic in Barcelona, Spain. We estimate that this hardware may be more than 150 years old. The string permits occupants of any of the four floors of the building to open the entry door without having to descend the stairs.

At above right is the door latch assembly for the main entry to a Tlaxcala Mexico hacienda that was constructed for Cortes. We estimate that the door and its hardware date from the 1850's.

At below left is a clinched-nail and studded exterior door using hand-wrought fasteners at el Charco, in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato, Mexico.

Antique door, exterior, el Charco, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico © Daniel Friedman Antique doorknobs © Daniel Friedman

At above is a collection of antique door knobs in a shop in Boston's Boylston area.

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Door Manufacturers & Products Guide

  • Benchmark Entry Systems (division of Therma-Tru Doors) www.benchmarkdoors.com Steel and fiberglass entry doors
  • Jeld-Wen Windows and Doors www.jeld-wen.com Wood, wood composite wood, fiberglass, and steel entry doors
  • Kolbe Windows and Doors www.kolbe-kolbe.com Wood, steel, and fiberglass entry doors with LVL core and optional extruded-aluminum cladding on frame
  • Lamson-Taylor Custom Doors and Millwork www.lamsontaylor.com Custom pine and hardwood entry doors with foam insulation core
  • Masonite Corp. www.masonite.com Steel, wood-edged steel, and fiberglass entry doors
  • Peachtree Doors and Windows www.peach99.com Steel and smooth and textured fiberglass entry doors
  • Pella Windows and Doors www.pella.com Fiberglass and steel entry doors
  • Phoenix Door Manufacturing Company www.phoenixdoor.com Softwood and hardwood entry doors up to 8 ft. high and custom designs
  • Simpson Door Company www.simpsondoor.com Douglas-fir, hemlock, oak, and mahogany entrance doors, including custom doors; also primed MDF, particleboard, and composite wood doors
  • Stanley Door Systems (division of Masonite) www.stanleyworks.com Steel and fiberglass entry doors
  • Weathershield Windows and Doors www.weathershield.com Wood and steel entry doors, with wood, vinyl, aluminum clad, and vinyl-clad frames
  • Taylor Building Products www.taylordoor.com Steel (stainable finish) and fiberglass entry doors
  • Therma-Tru Doors www.thermatru.com Steel and fiberglass entry doors with optional vinyl-clad jambs

 

 

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