A door knob can be so much more than just something to grab hold of a door with!
Elegant and ornamental, avant-garde or simply uniquely designed, door knobs can be a real decorating style statement. I’ve always loved glass door knobs for their look of classic elegance, and recently I came across an interesting story about their history.
Glass knob inspired by our very own past (Source: House of Antique Hardware)
Popular style of collectible glass (Source: K and M Antiques)
There were many different manufacturers of this glass, but the main commonality in all their products was that they were inexpensive. Obviously the lower price range was matched by a lower standard in quality, and there were many imperfections in the glass.
Depression glass came in several categories, including general glass, elegant glass and children’s glass. But in that era of making do, Depression glass was not looked down upon. In fact, when Jacqueline Kennedy was First Lady, she used a line of Depression Glass – Morgantown Glass – as the official glassware for the White House!
An example of Depression Glass by Morgantown Glass (Source: First Class Glass)
Another characteristic of Depression glass is that it came in many pretty, uplifting colors, including green, pink, blue, yellow and amber. Such was its popularity and fame that this fanciful glass is still around today, gracing many interiors and antique shops!
It’s wonderful how a design element with so much history has made a place for itself in the modern designscape. Along with its quirky charm, it resonates with the history of a difficult time and the determination of a nation that survived – and later flourished. Living as we currently are, in a climate of economic recession, makes me wonder: will we too produce some unique object of design that will mark this period in our history….?