The Beauty of Glass Knobs

Yes, our name is The Brass Knob, but that doesn’t mean we don’t have a weakness for GLASS knobs, too. We’ve recently been selling a lot of them, so we know a lot of our customers feel the same way.

They make wonderful jewelry for your door

And they make period decor look more authentic

Travis Heights Shotgun traditional-bathroom

They can also enhance an already fresh, crisp style

And you don’t even have to use them on a door, as you see them used to great effect on this chest that’s been converted into a vanity

2015 Pasadena Showcase House of Design traditional-bathroom

And as towel hooks—genius

Vintage Inspired Bathroom traditional-bathroom

 

Glass doorknobs were being sold as early as 1834, where there is a reference to them in the Boston Silver Glass Co. directory, and numerous patents for glass knob designs were filed in the mid-to-late 19th century.

We have many examples ranging from this period through the 1940s. They will make an instant first impression in your home, before anyone’s stepped inside the room! Stop by and take a look at our collections in person.

Clear octagonal glass with star-cut surface, circa 1890s – 1920s.
Clear octagonal glass with star-cut surface, circa 1890s – 1920s.
Faceted cut glass door knobs, circa 1890s
Faceted cut glass door knobs, circa 1890s
Frosted glass knobs, star cut, circa 1890s – 1920
Frosted glass knobs, star cut, circa 1890s – 1920
Mercury glass knob with 1873 patent date
Mercury glass knob with 1873 patent date
Milk glass door knob, 1890-1920
Milk glass door knob, 1890-1920
Octagonal glass knobs with stepped shanks, 1890s – 1920s.
Octagonal glass knobs with stepped shanks, 1890s – 1920s.
Faceted glass drum-shaped knob, 1920 – 1940
Faceted glass drum-shaped knob, 1920 – 1940
Set of four faceted glass knobs, 1920 – 1940
Set of four faceted glass knobs, 1920 – 1940
Faceted glass knob, 1920 – 1940
Faceted glass knob, 1920 – 1940
Round glass knobs, 1920s – 1930s
Round glass knobs, 1920s – 1930s
Unusual swirled glass knobs, 1920 – 1940
Unusual swirled glass knobs, 1920 – 1940