Glass is a combination of silica in the form of sand combined with limestone and soda ash and melted to form materials that is suited for a wide range of uses. Although it is usually viscous, when subject to high temperatures, liquid is produced and allows glass to be poured. This can then be blown or in the case of glass doorknobs, pressed and molded to any designs.
Hundred years before, having multifaceted glass doorknobs were standard issue in new homes. Today, they are usually found in salvage yards and flea markets.
Antique glass doorknobs are treasures from the days of past and are sought like diamonds by collectors and restorers alike.
Furthermore, the ones from the first half of the 20th century were made to last and the glass looks watery compared today’s crystal-clear productions, which are made up mostly of brittle metal alloy and plastic.
During that period, most glass knobs featured six, eight or even 12 facets. It was so flat that you could peer inside to see molded designs inscribed in the bases. Although clear glass knobs were common that time, there were also colored glass knobs, but were less common, in cobalt blues, emerald, amber, violet, white milk and Vaseline glass. There were also a variety of shapes that ranged from ovals with incised star patterns to crystal globes with bubbles inside.
The technology that started the industry was discovered by the year 1826— the process of pressing molten glass into molds. However, this procedure didn’t become known until after the United States got involved in the World War I, which was in 1917.
The brass, bronze and iron doorknobs, which had overly dominated the hardware market since the Victorian Era of 1860, had been a victim of shortage due to the ample need of airplanes and ammunition.
In the year 1920’s, crystal and cut glass doorknobs were widely manufactured and became popular back in the day. Glass Knobs continued its reign through the 40’s. However, by the 50’s, there was a turn of perceptions towards the hardware. Americans began liking cleaner, simpler modernized hardware in metals. It was not long when manufacturers decided to be with the masses and everything was in a utilitarian looking steel orbs.
However, the architecture and design today has become open to new ideas. It may vary from themed rooms to abstract, as long as it’s nice to look at, it doesn’t matter what style you’re in to.
Glass doorknobs have come back in its track and many people are ordering it over their local stores or online. These doorknobs will surely make your space classier yet traditional at the same time.
Nevertheless, as time pass, more sophisticated high-tech doorknobs will soon replace these glass doorknobs. Although there might still be a demand for mechanical hardware, electrical hardware could be produced faster with the modern technology nowadays. Sooner or later, these glass doorknobs will be in antique stores or in restorations and people would think of it as a predecessor to the current ones they have.