Decorative door knob, Huntington, Hopkins and Co Hardware Store, Old Sacramento (photo by Sheila Scarborough)History in a hardware store.

The back room of the Huntington, Hopkins and Company Hardware Store in Old Sacramento (California) has an exhibit of decorative hardware like door knobs, hinges and hooks.

Apparently, the 1876 Centennial Exhibition in Philadelphia - aka The International Exhibition of Arts, Manufactures and Products of the Soil and Mine – sparked new public interest in decorative hardware.

People learned that even the most humdrum detail of their home could be crafted into something special.

I loved the look and feel of this decorated door knob; even though my current home is a pretty basic suburban box, a knob like this would elevate the humdrum, every day experience of opening the front door.

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