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My understanding is that the door hardware was something more of a latch in the beginning rather than a round door knob, made of wood and involved strings. Then came to pass, the round style made of metal and glass around the mid s — which may have looked and worked similar to the metal door knob shown below that I blogged about earlier. It was attached to the Old Mission House oldest standing building in Idaho. The main body of the metal knobs was made of iron or steel, and covered entirely or party with a veneer of bronze or brass. Then during the last half of the nineteenth century, the spindle method patents were issued — to attach metal knobs to lock and adding design to it as well. Glass knobs, called pressed and cut glass knobs, were popular from Wooden door knobs were introduced in the late s and pretty much phased out by or so. But I have heard of a place somewhere that still makes wood door knobs today.

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Misc. Antiques For Sale. Page 1 – click on any image for larger view. VINTAGE PORCELAIN WINCHESTER DOOR KNOBS. Vintage set of porcelain door knobs by Winchester. Both knobs are in good condition. Inside of the cross is a kings crown and a w with a date of Jewelers mark is KJAG. Rare German braclet. $

You’ll also be signed up to receive e-newsletters from Antique Trader and partners. Fred Taylor May 14, Most of us who are interested in antique furniture have, at one time or another, run across what seemed liked an intractable problem at the time — the locks on an antique chest or desk. The usual approach is to either ignore the locks or take the attitude that if the key is around — great, if not, no big deal.

In fact most 18th, 19th and early 20th century American and some European locks are quite simple and easy to repair and key. Three main lock designs Cabinet and chest locks come in three major designs: Mortise refers to the cutout portion of wood in which the lock is mounted. A full-mortise lock is fully enclosed by the drawer front or door in which it is mounted. Only the selvage, or top edge, of the lock is visible on the lip of the drawer or door, and nothing shows on either side.

Full-mortise locks are usually found on higher-quality 20th century pieces, although they are used in rare cases in 19th century goods. A half-mortise lock is exactly as it sounds — half exposed.

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The case is rectangular, with a hinged lid, the sliding mechanism is easy to control with the thumb. These have also been described as vesta cases for long vestas, the slide being the matchstrike, we think this attribution is incorrect. Henry Williamson worked between and , so a career cut off by the advent of World War I.

Sep 15,  · The door in the OP splits in the middle, if the hinge straps are an indication, and that would mean you could use lighter hinges than if it was a single door. But that also complicates the build a .

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The image you will normally see on your screen is at a lower resolution still, as wordpress fits it to the page and decreases the resolution very considerably to speed up loading. For serious research publications I am happy to take new photos of guns I have access to. So now you know why the photos in the normal view look a bit murky! Just click on them for a better photo.

I had an enquiry about the T Perrins I have for sale, so I got it out — it was one of the first guns I restored, and when I look at it now I think I did a decent job of it. There are pits on the outside of the left barrel but the 6 inches or so of the breech area is good. A lot of my friends shoot worse! This raised my curiosity because double loading with two normal loads would be unlikely to ignite the second lot of powder because the wad, shot and card would be in the way.

So what went wrong? The maximum pressure occurs at the blockage as the pressure wave from the explosion is reflected by the block and effectively doubles the local pressure for a short distance — hence the ring bulge that forms in rifle barrels if the bullet is not fully seated, or gets jogged along the barrel. I suppose it is also possible that the second powder charge has such low density and so much air within that it acts as a gap.

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How to Tell the Age of Antique Furniture By Shelly McRae ; Updated April 12, Determining the age of antique furniture is not an exact science, but there are certain indicators of age evident in furniture. How a piece is constructed is a common measure of age. You should look at the screws, nails, wood, joining and hardware. The condition and quality of materials are used to gauge the age of a piece.

The wear and tear of a piece of furniture also helps to tell its age.

Today, hardware-store-variety glass knobs cost as little as $10 a pair, but the materials and craftsmanship are far inferior to the vintage counterparts. “The old glass has a watery look and refracts light differently,” says Kittle of knobs gently worn by time and use.

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Barrel with RH hand plug removed and LH plug started – it was held vertically in the vice to get this far. The long wrench is shown – larger cutouts fit single barrelled breech plugs – the barrels are still joined although it looks as if they are apart.

By Bob Flexner Pages A while back, my wife and I were visiting friends who wanted to show us their collection of antique furniture. At one point we went into their bedroom and I headed directly for a very old-looking chest-of-drawers. I just wanted to date the piece by how the drawer was made. Construction Drawer construction has changed several times in the last years. Simply pull a drawer out a few inches, glance at the joinery on the side and feel the drawer bottom underneath — essentially a single motion.

In addition, the wood used for the drawer sides and bottoms helps determine whether the furniture is American or European. How a drawer is constructed and the woods used is revealing, but there are two important caveats. First, dating furniture is a fine art. Seldom does one clue provide confirmation of anything. Also important are style including hardware , shrinkage, nails, screws, locks, the primary and secondary woods used, the type of finish, tell-tale tool marks, areas of wear and general appearance.

Any technique or machine that was once used could still be used, and often is used, for example, by many readers of this magazine who build reproduction furniture. On the other hand, machine-cut dovetails definitely establish that the furniture is no older than about , when the dovetail-cutting machine was invented.

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A lot of it also had to do with how much money the person had iron was expensive stuff and the purpose the door served. Interior doors didn’t need armoring like main entrances because getting a battering ram into position was impossible. Or, it might simply have been for show because there was no real threat of attack, but you didn’t want to look “unprepared” when hosting a dinner party – vanity is not a modern invention.

Two-ply doors did form a type of plywood, obviously, but that’s not necessarily indicative of their desire to “armor” up.

Fig. 1 Reproductions of antique furniture in oak and other woods are almost exact copies of vintage originals. Dating new pieces like the new oak commode above can be especially difficult when old-appearing reproduction hardware is used.

Mesopotamia In the museum at Baghdad, in the British Museum , and in the University of Pennsylvania at Philadelphia are finely executed objects in beaten copper from the royal graves at Ur modern Tall al-Muqayyar in ancient Sumer. This relief illustrates the high level of art and technical skill attained by the Sumerians in the days of the 1st dynasty of Ur c. The malleability of unalloyed copper, which renders it too soft for weapons, is peculiarly valuable in the formation of vessels of every variety of form; and it has been put to this use in almost every age.

Copper domestic vessels were regularly made in Sumer during the 4th millennium bc and in Egypt a little later. Egypt From whatever source Egypt may have obtained its metalworking processes, Egyptian work at a remote period possesses an excellence that, in some respects, has never been surpassed. Throughout Egyptian history, the same smiths who worked in the precious metals worked also in copper and bronze. Nearly every fashionable Egyptian, man or woman, possessed a hand mirror of polished copper, bronze, or silver.

Copper pitchers and basins for hand washing at meals were placed in the tombs. An unusual example in the Metropolitan Museum of Art is plated with antimony to imitate silver, which was very rare in the Old Kingdom c. The basins and the bodies of the ewers were hammered from single sheets of copper. The spouts of the ewers were cast in molds and attached to the bodies by means of copper rivets or were simply inserted in place and crimped to the bodies by cold hammering.

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This is the first of three posts… Part 2 , Part 3. Over three years ago, my husband and I bought an old house. There were a lot of reasons… but none of them were necessity.

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