Sale Celebrates 35 Years in Adams Morgan

Donetta George rented an Adams Morgan storefront 35 years ago to display and sell her eclectic collection of salvaged lights, bathtubs, and “a basement full of doors.” Those doors, of course, had knobs. Brass knobs.

An original ad for The Brass Knob when it opened in 1982
An original ad for The Brass Knob when it opened in 1982

The Brass Knob evolved, and George ultimately purchased the row house next door and moved the business over in 1986, where she changed the focus to hardware, lighting and decorative items—all salvaged from old buildings and homes.

We sent out this postcard when we moved next door—and painted the shop purple.

In honor of the store’s 35th anniversary, George’s curated collections is on sale now through Feb. 26. Discounts range from 10 percent off hardware to 20 percent off most everything else, with select items 30 to 40 percent off.

A peek into our shop’s curiosities.

Here’s a taste:
The shop’s namesake collection of knobs is still on full display, along with decorative hinges, doorknockers, doorbells, window-sash lifts, switch plates and coat hooks.


All manner of lamps, pendant lighting and chandeliers populate the space, representing styles spanning the 19th and 20th centuries.








Decorative Objects and Architecture
It’s not unusual to find transom windows, stained glass, ironwork, fireplace mantels, antique tile and garden ornaments here, in addition to old botanical and bird prints.









The Brass Knob is located at:
2311 18th Street NW
Washington, DC 20009