Door Handles. Tuesday , September 11th , 2018 - 07:00:29 AM
In terms of materials used, these are the types of handles commonly found in use. Cast Brass - can be copper finished; nickel or chrome plated; bright satin finished; antique finished. Cast or sheet aluminium alloy - usually anodized; with matt, dyed, satin bright or natural finishes. Metal sheet - can be copper oxidized or stove enameled finish, both black. Wooden handle - made of solid wood with some intricate and ornate carvings in base plate (in lever latch types). Others are plain solid wood for a minimalist design.
Treat door handles as an accessory to your door. This should help in choosing the right style and colour for your home. So if it is an accessory to your doors you will need to look at your doors and see what kind of style they are, for example are they pine wood and simple in design, or are they white and very traditional and intricately styled? If you have a very busy door don't go for a busy door handle, choose a style that is in keeping with the doors mood but calm it down a little on the door handle otherwise it'll look too much in the room. If you have a plain door you can go all out and with a jazzy and fancy door handle.
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.
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