Saturday, July 17, 2010

Doorbells with a Twist: Mechanical Doorbells

I am sure that the door knocker was invented shortly after the invention of the door itself. The door knocker remained the most common way to announce your presence and desire to enter one's home for centuries. Over the years numerous other inventions, many included variations of a string attached to a bell or chime, were introduced to perform this same function but none were so widely adopted as the simple door knocker. Mechanical door bells were first widely marketed in the mid 1800’s and were popular through the early 1900’s. Twist style mechanical doorbells included a thumb turn knob mounted on the home’s exterior. Turning the knob rings a connected bell inside the home. By the mid-1900’s, electricity was being fed to homes throughout the United States and electrical devices were rapidly replacing their mechanical predecessors, including the mechanical doorbell.

Shop 4 Classics offers mechanical doorbells from IDH and Copper Mountain Hardware. These reproduction twist style doorbells feature ornate patterns and designs that were commonly found on hardware created at the turn of the 20th Century.

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