Door Handles. Monday , September 10th , 2018 - 09:52:00 AM
Depictions of door handles in paintings dating to the first century CE are centrally placed hinged rings. The modern door knocker is a vestige of this style of primitive door handle. Doors were typically secured by bars and brackets to prevent them from being opened by either intent or accident. Over time, large crossbars used to secure a door were supplanted by sliding bars, operated by a handle secured to the bar and projecting through a slot in the door, or as a pivoting bar - often called a latch - that could be dropped into a matching slot on the door jamb. In Colonial America, the operating mechanism for a small pivoting bar was a latch string threaded through a hole in the door near the handle. There are - probably apocryphal - accounts and references implying that this mechanism was a workaround for heavy taxes and a crown edict mandating the colonists could only use door latches or locks imported from England. About the middle of the 18th century, handles and locks were integrated into a single unit, the earliest known examples being levers that both operated the latch and served as a pull to open the door.
If different shapes to choose from is not enough to show your true taste, you also have a choice of materials for your door handles - designer handles are available in stainless steel and bronze! If you want something more rustic and subtle, you might opt for bronze pull handles on your doors. If, on the other hand, you would rather have your home really stand out from the crowd, you might prefer stainless steel door handles that shine brightly and glisten in the sun. Again, it is all up to you!
In order to find the right handles for your door, you will need to know the size of the door, the size of the fittings, including where they go into the door, and the particular style of door handles that you would like. These can range from the traditional lever style to round handles which can be turned gently in the hand. An example of a good brand might be the Dorspec range, featuring several different styles of lever door handles. These have good mechanisms and a nicely contoured handle which fits neatly into the palm
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