Dating furniture handles
The subtle design choices can tell you the difference between a 1900 door knob and a 1940's doorknob. Below is a brief walk through by era: 1890's - The Originals These were super rare and cutting edge at the time.
Primarily because so many of us naturally do what’s most important when collecting antique furniture. Most antique furniture tends to be purchased by ordinary everyday people, rather than dedicated antique furniture collectors.
Most trunks are now used as either furniture such as glass-covered coffee-tables or decorative storage for everything from blankets and linens to memorabilia and military paraphernalia.
Trunks are differentiated from chests by their more rugged construction due to their intended use as luggage, instead of the latter's pure storage.
Some glass hardware already existed, notably cabinet knobs, but nothing in the way of door knobs.
These knobs feature a very wide base with steps up to the glass.