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Colonial American hardware was initially all wrought iron made by local blacksmiths.  Even screws were handmade.  Brass hardware was imported and was considerably more expensive.  Undersized doorknobs were commonly used to conserve brass.  Detailing was plain with the occasional turning of a doorknob foot. Locks were imported from England until about 1840.  Crude cast iron rim locks were made by small companies.  There was no national standard.  Our 1803 National Russell knob is a reproduction of one saved from the Charleston museum house.  The front is pressed with a sunburst and the balance is cast.  The separate rosette is pressed and has fine ribbed detailing. 

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