5 things you may not know about door furniture
Brass Door Knobs are very hygienic
The chemical makeup of brass and copper door handles make them very hygienic and gives them the advantage of being antimicrobial. They are a great choice to use in hospitals, doctors practices and dental surgeries. , but are also great to have in the home. It’s nice to know that microbes on the handles after a person has touched them will be killed off in 2 hours or less.
Why do antique, and some new, door knockers have horrible faces on them?
It is commonplace for old/antique door knockers to have faces on them; often rather grotesque human faces. The theory behind this was that the horrible face on the door would frighten off evil spirits and witches and help keep homes and their inhabitants safe.
The latching door knob was only patented in 1878
The latching door knob like the ones we still use today was invented by African-American Osbourn Dorsey and patented by him in December 1878. He also invented the door stop. Before this people used latches made from various materials to secure the door closed. Even after its invention it took many years before it was commonly used on doors
Door hinges date back to at least 2000 BC
Doorways with grooves carved into the sills and lintels for large rods acting as double acting pivot hinges, which were then fitted to the surface of a large slab doors have been found in the ancient City of Nippur, Mesopotamia. There may also be even older site in other parts of Mesopotamia and Egypt that are thought to be precursors to the pivot hinge.
Number 10 Downing Street, the most famous door knocker in the world
The most famous door knocker in the world is most likely on Number 10 Downing Street, London. The brass lion head door knocker was fitted back sometime in the 1780’s and painted black. It is a classic design that is still popular today. It has also been touched by numerous presidents, prime ministers and dignitary from around the world.
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