Antique Fancy Doorknobs, Doorplates, Niles Lock Set C1886. In 1878, a new means of opening doors was patented by Milton and Sidney Niles and manufactured by the Chicago Hardware Company. The true innovation of the Niles system is actually in the installation.The knobs were designed with an long shank that fits securely into the mortise lock, each knob activating the latch independently of the other. As advertisements of the era for Chicago Hardware exclaimed, the Niles knobs and locks were always perfectly adjusted.
They effectively eliminated set screws and the washers required to adjust the fit of the doorknobs in the doorplate. This set includes two ornate cast brass design doorplates, two cast iron vernacular Niles/Chicago doorknobs, a working Niles mortise lock and plain striker. Two Antique Niles Doorplates measure 1 7/8" by 5 7/8". Mortise Lock faceplate is 7/8" by 5 3/8"; depth is 3 1/4"; height is 3 3/4" and width is 5/8.Having proven that they will last through the years, their value and collectability will continue to increase. We believe in the wonderful artistry and fine quality hardware produced by 19th century craftsmen. Unless stated otherwise, every item on these pages was designed and made right here in our American past. Let me see if I've got this right. (one of our many satisfied customers). This item is in the category "Antiques\Architectural & Garden\Hardware\Door Knobs & Handles". The seller is "sarahandkeith" and is located in this country: US.
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