5 Things You Didn’t Know About Door Knobs and Door Knockers

doctor door knockersAs UK based suppliers of door knobs and door knockers, Handsome Handles know plenty of interesting facts about them. So, we’ve put together a selection of 5 things that you may not know about door knobs and door knockers – enjoy!

Door Knobs were First Made in the USA

Door knobs have been used around the world for centuries, but the first ever door knob was made in the USA around the middle of the 19th century. American doorknob designs and materials have changed over the years, with the first ever door knobs being made out of wood in colonial times, involving a simple system of latches and strings.

Brass and Copper Door Knobs Disinfect Themselves

The surfaces of copper and its alloys, such as brass and bronze, have the advantage of being antimicrobial. This means that they are able to kill a range of harmful microbes relatively quickly. As you can imagine, this property makes brass and copper a good choice for healthcare environments, but it can also be reassuring to know that if you choose to have brass or copper door knobs in your home, microbes can be killed off within 2 hours or less!

Door Knockers with Faces Are Thought to Scare Off Witches and Malign Spirits

It is quite common for come antique door knockers to have faces on them; often rather grotesque human faces that aren’t particularly attractive. The theory behind this practice is that the scary face would serve to frighten off evil spirits, witches and unwanted spirit beings, keeping homes safe.

The Famous Door Knocker of Number 10 Downing Street

Arguably the most famous door knocker in the world, Number 10 Downing Street’s brass lion head door knocker is an iconic representation of Great Britain. Fitted in the 1780’s and painted black, the Downing Street door knocker is a classic design that has been touched by some of the world’s most influential leaders.

Door Knobs Have 4 Main Parts

Door knobs are made up of 4 main parts. The basic components are the knob rose, shank, spindle and knob top. The knob top is the upper and larger part that is grasped in the hand. The shank is the stem of the knob and contains a hole or socket to receive the spindle. The knob rose is a washer or round plate that forms a knob socket and is adapted for attaching it to the surface of the door. The knob is attached to the spindle, which consists of a metal shaft that is used to turn the latch of the lock.

Wide Range of Door Knockers and Door Knobs

If you are looking for a set of door knobs for your home, or you’d like to find a memorable door knocker that your guests will remember, Handsome Handles have a fantastic range of door knobs and door knockers for you to choose from. Call us on 07961 832812 or 01246 731481 or email us at info@handsomehandles.co.uk

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