Blog posts tagged with 'brass door handles'

Door Knobs, Door Handles and Wobbly Teeth – The Perfect Trio?

I don’t know about you, but whenever I had a wobbly tooth as a child and relentlessly fiddled with it, my parents always threatened that they would tie a piece of string around it and slam the door, in an attempt to drag out my increasingly wobbly tooth.  This idea is thought to have originated from the Victorian era but has lasted a great deal longer than many of their traditions.  It is, however, perhaps a strange topic to write about but relevant, I feel, as originally door handles and door knobs would have been used in this process.  But can you guess what they have been replaced with?

spying quadricopter - door handles, door knobsNo one is Droning on about Door Knobs or Door Handles

Last week, it became apparent that door knobs and door handles had a new rival, when it went viral that multiple children were asking their parents to pull out their wobbly teeth by using…drones!  A drone is small, radio controlled, helicopter like device with an inbuilt camera (often multiple) which are designed to be controlled from a smartphone or tablet.

The Victorian Door Knob Method

Malcolm Swan, for example, used a quadcopter drone, in order to remove his son, Adams loose tooth.  Together, this was done by attaching dental floss tightly to the tooth in question and initiating the drone to fly.  If the reaction of Adam in the illustrative video is anything to go by, it does not seem to be a traumatic or painful experience but one of ease, excitement and great success.  However, there are many stories that involve drones and child tooth extraction which are nowhere near as successful or as pain free, so as much as we are pleased that Adam had a lucky escape, perhaps we should all stick to using the old fashioned, tried and tested Victorian method, which never fails – door handles and door knobs!

Door Knobs and Door Handles from Handsome Handles

Would you rather stick to the old fashioned method of using door knobs and door handles?  But want a modern and elegant twist?  Then why not contact us at Handsome Handles.  Whether you need kitchen cabinet knobs, internal door handles or external door handles such as PVC door fittings, suited to your home or your work place, we can work with you to find exactly what you are looking for.  Here at Handsome Handles we provide beautiful, contemporary door knobs, door handles and door knockers.  We offer the best and most handsome handles exclusively for you, offering our friendly and professional service to all of England and Scotland from our South Yorkshire base.  So if you can’t wait to get your teeth stuck in to choosing yourself some new door knobs or door handles, get in touch with Handsome Handles on 07961 832 812 or alternatively you can email us at or check out our website by clicking here to see what we have in store for you.

Scunthorpe Hospital Handles Germs Effectively

Germs are invisible and carry all sorts of hidden little nasties, but not for much longer.  Domestic departments in hospitals across North Lincolnshire are using special fluorescent marking gel on certain areas, like door handles, in order to make the invisible visible.

They are doing so by using the fluorescent marking gel in combination with UV lighting, in order for germs to be more easily seen and therefore cleaned or avoided from contact.  Thus, making people more aware of what is on their hands in an attempt to stop infections from spreading and in-patients from being cross-contaminated.  A prominent example of this is from the number of people touching door handles.  The NHS hopes that this new idea will instil confidence in both its patients and their visitors.

I-Pods Aid Cleanliness of Door Handles

The new fluorescent marking gel and UV lights will work in conjunction with I-Pods enabling the data to be recorded.  To test whether this strategy of germ prevention could work in parts of the hospitals involved, the necessary equipment will be on a two year lease from Trust’s Dragon Den scheme.  The idea was initially pitched to the Trust by a hospital support services supervisor, David Mooney, who pitched his idea to both executive and non-executive directors.

Door Handles and Dragons Den

Having been through the Dragons Den scheme, David Mooney was able to secure £7,000 in order to lease specialist equipment and technology to record trending data.  Mooney knows that this is an important step in the right direction due to the rate at which germs spread within a hospital.  Mooney stated “We have previously been able to monitor and record how clean an area is by checking the visual signs such as dust. We have never been able to look any further until now.”  But now, thanks to the I-Pod data collection and analysis technology, they are able to see so much more.  The I-Pods are able to alert users as to whether each area has passed or failed the germ cleanliness test and monthly reports can be collated for staff, patients and visitors to see. 

The Dragons Den scheme and hospital want to work together with their staff, patients and visitors in order to gain feedback and make this new fluorescent marking gel more effective in practice.

Invisible Germs Made Visible on Frequently Used Areas Such As Door Handles

The fluorescent marking gel is classed as a dabbing device, where gel is dispensed through a sponge on the tip of the gel tube.  This gel is applied to areas in the hospital that are the most frequently used, such as door handles, trolleys, desks, call bells and bedside tables.  The gel is left for 24 hours and is then put under the UV light.  This makes any invisible germs visible and aims to reduce the length of time that patients spend in hospital.

If this article has made you think about how important internal door handles or external door handles are in your home or work place, get in touch with us here at Handsome Handles on 07961 832 812 or alternatively email us at

South Shields Builder has got a Handle on His Pocket

Expected to make a profit of around £60,000 but estimated to make a minimum of £2m, this South Shields builder has taken vintage door knobs, door handles and other brass fittings to auction.

After hearing that around 655,000 ornate, rare and vintage brass items, originally purchased by a Cornish millionaire, were in need of a “new home,” Mr Brian Cairns thought this was a clever way of tripling his outgoings through scrap – little did he know just how much money he was about to lay his hands on, but not through scrap as he had initially thought. 

The journey to Penzance to the brass-filled property ensued after a tip-off, where Cairns found himself entering a time warp.  The property he entered had not been amended, changed or visibly re-entered since the wife of a junk shop owner had died in 1975, a newspaper abandoned mid-read, never to be finished still laid spread open on the table – “the owner just didn’t want to go back in to the premises again.”

12 Tonnes of Brass Including Door Handles Brass door handle Italian style

A deal was struck between Cairns and the elderly owner, one that did not truly reflect the price of the brass or its later discovered value, the owner just wanted the belongings dispatched as the memories attached to his wife were too painful for him to bear.  Cairns hired two seven-and-a-half tonne lorries to transport the 12 tonnes of brass back to the North East.  This journey took multiple days to complete owing to the weight of the lorries, as they were only able to travel between 10 and 30 mph.

Brass Handles Estimated at £200 Each

Back safely in the North East and about to sell all of the 655,000 collected brass objects for scrap, Cairns decided to have them valued…luckily!  It was discovered that many of the door knobs, door handles, light switches, hat stands and letter boxes (to name just a few) were actually Vintage Valli and Columbo, an Italian company which ceased production 55 years previous.  Many of the handles, he was informed, were estimated to be worth around £150 each and the brass handles estimated £200 each.  Mr Cairns said, “I bought it all for scrap but I started looking in to what they really were and realised many were vintage Italian handles.”

Initially, it did not sound like individually they were going to make Mr Cairns a particularly lucrative return but with 655,000 items, many of these brass door knobs and door handles, the auction estimate was that of around £2m.  So it definitely pays to have potential “scrap” valued before letting scrapping commence, as this has made one South Shields father-of-four an overnight multimillionaire!

Door Knobs and Door Handles Available at Handsome Handles

The door knobs and door handles available at Handsome Handles won’t cost you a fortune – they are quality, affordable products and can be found on our website.  To find out more about brass door handles, door knobs and door handles visit us at or call us on 07961 832 812.

Choosing the Best Material for Your Door Knobs and Internal Door Handles

Ashcombe square door knob in pewterYou’ve made the decision to upgrade the internal door handles and door knobs within your home – but what are the best materials to choose for those new additions? Here at Handsome Handles, we can help customers make those decisions; and we’re great at providing advice on how to choose the most suitable products when it comes to home improvements.

When upgrading the overall design make-up of your home, it is vital that any new additions fit seamlessly within. Whether you’re incorporating new door knobs or door handles; it is the choice of material that will ultimately be the most important contributing factor to achieving success.

Internal Door Handles and Door Knobs in Fantastic Ranges

At Handsome Handles we stock an entirety of internal door handles and door knobs made from a vast range of materials - ensuring that there will always be a fantastic product for you. First though, you need to narrow down your search based on the design scheme of your home. With products made from materials including brass, chrome, satin nickel, iron, bronze; we make this easy.

To decide on the right material for your new door handles and door knobs it is beneficial to understand the effect each material can give. For example, with contemporary home designs, polished brass mixes particularly well with wooden doors made from beech or pine. Polished chrome is also extremely popular for the more modern side of home design.

Florentine Bronze and Black Iron Door Handles

Not everyone is looking to renovate their home with contemporary ideas though; and for those people we have equally as much choice. On the traditional side of the scale; both Florentine bronze and black iron are excellent choices to help you express a passion within your home for previous historical highlights from design history.

The latter is something that is particularly popular within our Tudor collection; which is a durable malleable iron range hand made using traditional casting methods. The black iron products within this collection are perfect for restoration projects and traditional home renovation schemes looking to take inspiration from historical home design.

Quality From Handsome Handles

Whichever products you set your sights on; you can be sure to receive only the highest quality of door handles and door knobs from Handsome Handles. We are vastly experienced in offering the widest range of choice; with excellent standards of customer service. We’re passionate about what we do; and that is one of the key reasons we continue to be an industry leader.

You can find much more information about our products via our website –; including information on how to best care for your products once they’re installed within your home. Alternatively, why not give us a call? You can reach us on 07961832812.

Embrace Contemporary Design with Aesthetically-Modern Door Handles

Cubik door handles in contemporary styleInnovative, fresh design ideas are ensuring that the world of home interiors is constantly evolving. Staying ahead of current trends can be difficult; but researching them is a worthwhile investment of your time. The reward for doing so is ensuring you own a home that embraces small contemporary concepts that ensure your home radiates as a beacon of modern design.

Our extensive range of door handles ensures that we are able to provide you with a service that is guaranteed to be at the forefront of home renovations – including modern design concepts. We are constantly evolving our catalogue; and are able to provide you with an entirety of door handles that offer variety, class and the potential for leaving a fantastic impression on visitors to your home.

Understanding the materials that provide you with the best possible platform to impress – whilst keeping your home wonderfully contemporary in the process – is essential. Polished brass, polished chrome and satin chrome are all perfectly placed to be utilized in the production of contemporary door handles.

Polished Brass Door Handles

For doors made of woods such as beech or pine; polished brass handles can be the perfect compliment. The material is perfectly suited to match the subtle tones of these woods – evidencing to visitors your knowledge of contemporary design concepts. Our polished brass products that we have in stock are protected by only the most advanced of lacquers; ensuring many years of service from your product. Metal cleaner and aerosol sprays should never be used to care for polished brass door handles once they are installed – use either a cloth moistened with soapy water or a soft cloth with beeswax for the task.

Polished Chrome Door Handles

As chrome plating that is often placed on brass or steel surfaces then polished; polished chrome is another excellent material choice for your modern door handles. The cool, silver tones often have no need to be lacquer-coated; as the surface rarely tarnishes. The slickly-stylized, sparkling finish perfectly emanates modern design tones. To care for your polished chrome door handles once they are installed you should simply lightly dust them with a non-abrasive cloth – avoid wax polish as this can create smearing which is difficult to remove.

Satin Chrome Door Handles

For a less sparkling and reflective product, choose satin chrome door handles. The material provides the appearance of a more of a painted finish; and can be perfectly blended with subtlety-painted doors to provide a modern finish that is duller in appearance than polished chrome. Satin chrome is regularly implemented in contemporary home design; and is particularly resistant to corrosion.

At Handsome Handles; we provide door handles for an array of different customers; in both the materials mentioned as well as many more. We’re vastly experienced in matching the right product to the right customer; ensuring that choosing us as your supplier is a decision you won’t regret. You can contact us via our contact page; or alternatively why not give us a call? Our number is 07961832812; where one of our enthusiastic team will be delighted to take your call.