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At one time a door handle was a work of art… What happened?

This was a door handle on a fort that was built in the 1800 in Utah and I have to say it fascinated me knowing that this door handle was handmade. To me it had personality, it had depth, it was something that had pride.

Old Door Handle (handmade)

Today, we don’t see door handles like this anymore to which I think it is a shame. Yes, they were easier to break into and that is part of the reason for the change. But, I would rather have this than any door handle I have in my house.

What happened to style when it comes to things such as a simple door handle?


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Comment balloon 20 commentsRespect Realty LLC • November 28 2010 09:25PM


My business partner and I recently listed a mid 1920's home and the interior doors still have the original crystal glass handles.  They are beautiful and we hope the next owner decides to keep them.

Posted by Dan Jasmer, Changing the way you look at real estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Todd - It's sad that style and handmade quality has flown out the window in so many aspects of what we see made today.   Things were so much simpler in the early days....too bad we can't harness that kind of craftsmanship to last forever.

Posted by Donna Bigda, Greater New Haven CT Real Estate (RE/MAX Alliance) over 8 years ago

Todd -  I love the grain in that door knob. I have to show you the door knobs on all my 2nd floor doors.  The white is a closet door and the natural is a bedroom door -  coincidence?


Posted by Susan Emo, Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area (Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage) over 8 years ago


I live in "Tract Builder Land," and nice touches that do not convey $$$/square feet do not make the cut. 

We have traded away a lot of the skills which created very nice touches in a home for the banality of maximum square foot per dollar.

Posted by Mike Jaquish, 919-880-2769 Cary, NC, Real Estate (Realty Arts) over 8 years ago

This is cool Todd, but I have to say that I'm not showing this to my wife.  All I need is one more thing for her to buy!

Posted by Larry Bettag, Vice-President of National Production (Cherry Creek Mortgage Illinois Residential Mortgage License LMB #0005759 Cherry Creek Mortgage NMLS #: 3001) over 8 years ago

What a gorgeous doorknob. I also love the glass doorknobs found inside some older homes. They add so much charm.

Posted by Margo Currie (Exit 1 Stop Realty) over 8 years ago

Hi Todd... that is what happens when craftsmanship loses out to mass production!  I'll vote for craftsmanship every time.  

Posted by Steve Shatsky over 8 years ago

we can also say this for many things in out society, as we progress in our lives the simple things change to more techy.....

Posted by Ken's Home Team LLC. | 360.609.0226 | Portland, OR & Vancouver, WA Real Estate Team, - SOLD IS OUR FAVORITE 4 LETTER WORD - (Ken's Home Team LLC.) over 8 years ago

Hi Todd, Very striking . What kind of stone is that in the handle? Beautiful!

Posted by William Johnson, San Diego Real Estate Voice, GRI CRS e-Pro CDPE (RE/MAX Associates) over 8 years ago
Todd, it is true that it isn't just door handles but alot of other old attributes like fireplace mantels or chandeliers that just showed the craftmanship of the times...i look hard for them now but the reproductions are not quite the same....
Posted by Ginny Gorman, Homes for Sale in North Kingstown RI and beyond (RI Real Estate Services ~ 401-529-7849~ RI Waterfront Real Estate) over 8 years ago

Hi Todd - thanks for sharing this.  When showing properties - it is sometimes easy for buyers to miss these quality features so it's fun and a value-add to point them out to clients.  

Posted by Michael Jacobs, Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393 over 8 years ago

Todd - I love things like this, door handles have definitely become plane Janes.

Posted by Michelle Gibson, REALTOR (Hansen Real Estate Group Inc. ) over 8 years ago


Some still are, some are better looking than ever.

Still door "nobs" today are rarely artistic!


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 8 years ago


There are many old door handles such as the wooden one you show with character. Some are glass, wrought iron, porcelain, and other materials. :)


Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 8 years ago

William, this is what is so special about this handle it is hand polished wood!

Posted by Respect Realty LLC, Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate (Respect Realty LLC) over 8 years ago


This post is now featured on "Speechless Sundays." Congratulations. :)


Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 8 years ago

Todd - That doorknob is a real treasure, it seems today that mass produced products outshine unique quality crafted items.  It's a shame, some of the greatest treasures are cast off in the garbage every day.

Posted by Debbie Summers (Charles Rutenberg Realty ) over 8 years ago

I have seen the most beautiful door knobs as of late in my tours. This rates very high...
You have a friend in Tacoma Washington

Posted by Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS, Tacoma Washington Agent/Broker & Market Authority! (RE/MAX Northwest.) over 8 years ago


It really is a work of art....I can see why it fascinated you so....

Posted by Lori Churchill Cofer, Realtor - 509-330-0086 - Pullman, WA (Beasley Realty) over 8 years ago

Todd, that is a beauty, simple things like a door knob and the craftsman put so much detail in.

Posted by David O'Doherty, Clayton NC Homes, Raleigh, NC (Raleigh Realty Inc) over 8 years ago

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