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When a collector sees the door knob, he sees a piece of history, and the piece of castoff architecture whispers a story that he can hear.

One of the most interesting things about antique doorknob identification is that the experienced collector can tell the difference between a doorknob belonging to a commercial building and one belonging to a residence.

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Not many people think about antique doorknob identification as being a hobby, but for those who collect them, it is a passion.

Nicholas Hotel, built at the height of the Golden Age in 1894.

The knob is slightly oval, with a beaded design enclosing the initials.

Until the Centennial Exposition in 1876 approximately 95 percent of knobs and door hardware were being imported.

After this, the American manufacturers began manufacturing knobs and hardware of all types and designs.

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