Mid-century modern door knobs (and other bold hardware) with a space-age theme were all the rage in the 1950s & 1960s

Mid-century modern door hardware from the 1950s-1960s

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Of course, not every homeowner in the fifties and sixties was into the mid-century vibe. Here’s a look at some of the other vintage styles of door knobs, pulls and handles that people were buying back then.

Amerock Modern Provincial: Vintage door & drawer pulls and knobs (1962)

Modern — with elegance and grace of period styling. Pulls and knobs with hinges to match. Choice of Ivory Gold, Antique Copper, Antique English, or Antique Silver finishes. Pulls from 49 cents retail.

Provincial Vintage door and drawer pulls and knobs (1963)

Amerock Colonial: Vintage door & drawer pulls and knobs (1962)

Authentic Early American styling in Colonial Black, Antique Copper, and Antique English finishes. Choice of weathered or smooth-faced patterns. Pulls start at 32 cents retail.

Colonial Vintage door & drawer pulls and knobs (1962)

Vintage painted porcelain Yale & Towne Decor Knobs door hardware (1953)

Recapturing an idea in home decoration reminiscent of an era of gracious living

Now… new beauty for your doors — Designs and colors that harmonize with every decorating scheme.

At last — hand-decorated door knobs that complete the beauty of your home . . . that pull your color scheme together!

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Decor Knobs give your rooms new elegance with the exquisite patina, the sparkling decorator colors, the richness that only porcelain can capture. And remember, Decor Knobs are made by Yale & Towne, so you can be sure of their quality and durability.

See Decor Knobs today at your local gift shop or department store. You’ll find styles for every inside door . . . designs to complement every interior from Early American to Modern. And, you can install Decor Knobs yourself in a few minutes . . . simple directions show you how.

The Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company. Chrysler Building. New York 17, N. Y.

Vintage painted porcelain Yale and Towne Decor Knobs door hardware (1953)

Vintage and revival-style door hardware from the mid-century era 1950s 1960s

Revival door knobs, handles, knockers & pulls from the ’60s (1965)

From American Home magazine – Winter 1965

There’s nothing like good hardware for achieving a perfectionist look. Take your pick of these quality pieces for doors, bathroom, and furniture.

1. Mexican black marble sphere knob and backplate of brass and malachite inlay is imported by Paul Assoc, $24.

2. Traditional colonial brass door knocker. Kraft Cabinet Hardware, $18.

3. “Calcutta,” an exterior doorknob in beaded symmetry has backplate in eight sizes, 2-5/8″ to 12″ diameter. Schlage Lock Co. As shown (8″), $155.

4. Versatile brass and malachite pull imported from Mexico can be used on drawers, cabinets, and doors. Available through Paul Assoc, $24.

5. French doorknob and backplate are brass. Chriscot Hardware Co, $26.

6. This sculptured brass doorknob is suitable for a contemporary setting. Functional because it fits the hand. Chriscot Hardware Co, $16.

7. Floral design is hand painted on white china doorknob. A choice of eight colors is available from the Chriscot Hardware Co, $8.

8. Louis XVI design and old-world craftsmanship are combined in this handsome brass door knocker from Paul Assoc, $69.99.

9. Swirl design door lever adds interest to plain door. Paul Assoc, $69.99.

10. Ancient Egyptian design motifs are highlighted in this important-looking exterior doorknob and plaque from Schlage Lock Co, $162.

11. Amusing key door knocker in brass costs $33, from Schlage Lock Co.

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Vintage doorknobs, handles and pulls (1965)

Vintage ’60s home decor hardware: Towel racks and hooks

1. Dress up a bathroom with brass towel rack. Chriscot Hardware Co, $36. [All pricing as of the 1960s]

2. Towel ring is wonderful when space is limited. Matching brass bathroom accessories also available from Chriscot Hardware Co, $12.

3. Empire wreath hook, a classic design, is a space saver. Paul Assoc, $7.50.

4. Elegant glass and brass vanity shelf is perfect for holding your toiletries. Available from M Wolchonok & Son for about $18.95.

5. This five-hook brass bar is ideal for both bathroom and bedroom. This piece is also from M Wolchonok & Son. $6.50.

Retro 60s doorknobs, handles and pulls (1965)

AND NOW THIS: See the mid-century modern Scholz Mark ’60 model home from 1960, inside & out

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  1. Hi, i was looking tor the reasom that bathroom doorknobs in the 50’s were split – solver on oneside and gold on other. Any reason?

    1. Hello Susan!
      They did this if the bathroom fixtures were chrome, the the inside knob would be chrome, and the outside knob would be brass or bronze to match the other door hardware.

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