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Door Knobs
« on: April 29, 2008, 12:01:48 PM »
Hi All hope you are all well. Haven't posted for a while as I haven't bought any glass for a while.

Just bought these door knobs on ebay. Have no great expectations from them and will use them as er! Front Door Knobs.

Anybody seen anything like these?

I am assuming they are Chinese copies but the seller insists they are from the 50's and they have some wear on them. They are 15cm (7") wide x 9cm (2") thick and are 22cm (9") in overall length.
Somehow they 'feel' right but I have no great faith.

Anyway whatever they are I will enjoy having them on the front of my house as a statement about my feelings for murano glass.

regards from down under.

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Re: Murano Door Knobs?
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2008, 01:47:56 PM »
Nice knobs Ardy,
it may be worth putting this in the general glass board for a while?
Someone may have more ideas, they look a bit Scandinavian to me.
Ask a moderator if you agree.
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Re: Murano Door Knobs?
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2008, 11:09:41 PM »
Hi Andy

Thanks for the reply. I will leave them here for a couple of days and then move them. I am hoping they are Murano.

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Re: Murano Door Knobs?
« Reply #3 on: May 07, 2008, 12:46:30 AM »
Just received them and they are gorgeous. They are VERY large and the brass is very heavy. They must be at least 50 years old looking at the wear and the old spindle but I agree with Andy I don't think they are Murano. They are brown centered with a clear band around the edge that reflect whatever colour the door is. I will put them on a gold coloured door and they will look very lovely.

They can only be used for door pulls as they are too big for the average person to get their hand around. They weigh all up about 2.4 kgs or over 5 lbs.

A great buy that will look great on the front door.

Cathy you can move them now if you want to.
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Re: Murano Door Knobs?
« Reply #4 on: May 07, 2008, 02:05:51 PM »
Can we have some new pictures on a plain background. Weren't these sort of handles fashionable for public buildings/offices in the 60s/70s? I hadn't realised they were so large

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Re: Murano Door Knobs?
« Reply #5 on: May 07, 2008, 02:27:07 PM »
Any chance theyre Whitefriars??
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Re: Murano Door Knobs?
« Reply #6 on: May 07, 2008, 11:02:28 PM »
Hi Andy and Lustrousstone

I have attached 3 pictures one is in natural light and has a bit of camera shake and the other 2 are taken with a flash. The natural light is obviously more what they look like.

We are planning to build an 'echo's' of art deco house in a couple of years and these are planned to go on the double doors. They are too big for our current house.

I think they may have come from a public building but I suspect a hotel as they are a bit showy for Australian public circus types.

Thanks for your input to this puzzle.
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Re: Murano Door Knobs?
« Reply #7 on: May 08, 2008, 08:13:59 AM »
I've definitely seen these in situ before - no idea where though

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Re: Door Knobs? Are they Orrefors?
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2008, 02:54:11 AM »
Hi All

Had Chris a antique dealer friend of mine over for lunch on Saturday and he pointed out a few things about them. One is made for the outside and the other is the inside handle. The inside handle has a ridge where 2 parts were molded  together and the outside one has been polished clean. The outside handle also had stratch marks from rings against the glass. His thought was that they would have been part of custom sets made for a building.

His thought was that they are Orrefors as he believed the colour was an Orrefors colour and they had the feel of Orrefors.

Any thoughts from any of you who know anything about Orrefors sp?

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Re: Door Knobs? Are they Orrefors?
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2008, 08:24:11 AM »
Hi All
Had Chris a antique dealer friend of mine over for lunch on Saturday and he pointed out a few things about them. One is made for the outside and the other is the inside handle. The inside handle has a ridge where 2 parts were molded  together and the outside one has been polished clean. The outside handle also had stratch marks from rings against the glass. His thought was that they would have been part of custom sets made for a building.
His thought was that they are Orrefors as he believed the colour was an Orrefors colour and they had the feel of Orrefors.
Any thoughts from any of you who know anything about Orrefors sp?

I don't quite understand what the differences between the inside one and the outside one. Obviously if there are more scratches on one, this might suggest that it was used on the outside, or indeed the inside, but I don't think it is a left shoe/right shoe situation.

I also don't really understand the bit about two parts being moulded together. It is difficult to tell from your images but I can see a ridge on the outside rim of one of them. This is a consequence of the hand making process and nothing to do with moulding two parts together so far as I can make out.

Of course, your friend Chris has the benefit of handling them, so I would not like to contradict him, although I wonder whether he is a glass specialist or a general antiques dealer?

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