Ornamentation from back when buildings got decorated up like a Christmas tree. American. Mostly doorknobs. Amazing what they did with them. So much more fun to use when they are shaped like the family pet.

Eagle doorknob for the front door. ca. late 19th c.
Eagle doorknob for the front door. ca. late 19th c. Cast brass. Mallory & Wheeler Manufacturing, New Haven, Connecticut, maker. Image © 2002-2019 LiveAuctioneers. Fair use license. via https://www.liveauctioneers.com/item/67644751_rare-mw-eagle-knob-with-triangle-plate
Rosette or medallion, salvage from the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Building. Late 1920's.
Rosette or medallion, salvage from the Cook County Criminal Courthouse Building. Would have been set flush against a wooden door casing. Late 1920’s. Neoclassical in style. Cast bronze. Hall, Lawrence & Ratcliffe, architects. Bronze fabricator not known. Image © 2019 Urban Remains. Fair use license. via https://www.urbanremainschicago.com/one-of-two-historically-important-ornamental-cast-bronze-flush-mount-petaled-floral-rosette-or-medallion-salvaged-from-the-cook-county-criminal-courthouse-building.html
Doorknob in a dog design. 1869.
Doorknob in a dog design. 1869. Brass. Russell & Erwin Manufacturing Company, maker, New Britain, Connecticut. Image © 2019 Etsy, Inc. Fair use license. via https://www.etsy.com/listing/98567352/antique-salvage-1869-russell-erwin
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