When looking through my history of American furniture encylopedia I came across some cool old style custom cabinet knobs from 1700-1800s .These were particularly interesting to me since we have a large line of DIY hardware parts for making your own knobs with pictures or scenery just like these!
Of course back in the day these were expensive custom pieces and no one who wasn’t rich could really afford them. So glad times have changed! Below I’ll show off some of the neater ones I found and also post a few of the cool knobs people have made with our bases at the bottom.
Most of these knobs are enamel with prints via a paper transfer and then set in a copper base. They had to transfer copper engravings onto paper first so it was quite the process! Then they are typically set in a brass base and screw post. We have a lot of fun examples. Many of these pieces were made from governors or members of the government as custom pieces and gifts which makes sense as they would have been very pricey back at that time.
To start off we have a set of knobs customized with General George Washington’s depiction. You can see even from the old photos that these knobs had amazing details for items produced pre-1800.