News-Antique.com - Mar 06,2009 - The Old Rose Hardware Company of Portsmouth, RI, is excited to announce that it has developed a new product that solves a long standing mystery for many historic building owners and renovators: how to install antique doorknobs on modern doors, or old doors that have been drilled out for modern hardware.
“The problem,” say Web Wilson, owner and designer of Old Rose Hardware, “has always been that the holes drilled for modern hardware are wider than any of the rosettes or back plates made for the antique doorknobs that so many people would like to install.”
“So,” Wilson continues, “Old Rose Hardware took on the challenge of finding a solution that would combine ease of installation with an authentic, vintage design and finish.”
Wilson knows from antique doorknobs as he has bought and sold thousands during his three decades as an architectural antiques dealer. He is the author of the "Antique Hardware Price Guide", and is a nationally know expert on 19th Century American architecture and industrial art.
“The product we have developed is a complete trim set”, Wilson explains, “consisting of everything needed to make old doorknobs look like they started life wherever they are installed. We not only provide absolutely authentic rosettes, plus a special adaptor, a tube latch and spindle, but we also provide separately cast latch plates and strike plates that replace the shiny brass found on modern products”.
“We even provide our customers with slot headed screws.” Wilson exclaims with a knowing smile, “So that the job can be completed with maximum authenticity.”
“Old Rose Hardware has created 17 different rosette designs, from fancy to plain, that will match up with just about any doorknob you can find,” continues Wilson. “Visit the website at OldRoseHardware.com to see the entire collection and to read about how easy it is to install these trim sets.”
Along with the Old Rose trim sets, Wilson’s company has also produced a line of authentic cabinet hardware. There are 7 different drawer pulls and 12 different cabinet knobs, each being an authentic antique design. All Old Rose Hardware products can be ordered in a range of finishes from satin nickel to oil rubbed bronze.
Old Rose Hardware is not only designed in America but produced in America as well. Casting and plating is done in Providence, RI, and because the work is “in house”, so to speak, small orders can be filled quickly.
Visit the website to learn more about this easy and attractive solution to the mystery of using old doorknobs on new doors. Or call Web Wilson at 800-508-0022.
Oh. And did we mention that custom rosette orders are always welcome, and quite inexpensive as well?