to sell rare “Turkey Dinner” doorknob

Someone, sometime in the late 1870s, enjoyed a
turkey dinner so
much they took the time to carefully design a doorknob to memorialize
the event. will offer this rare example
of antique
builders’ hardware in their June antique  hardware auction that begins
on Friday, June 18.

“The may be a one-of-a-kind doorknob
design,” states Web
Wilson, collector, dealer, and author of The Antique Hardware Price
(Krause Publications, 1997). “and it
is an mystery as to why this motif was captured in bronze. But you have
to say it is a lip smacking design, complete with drumsticks, fruit
compotes, bread, water, and two big bottles of wine.”

This antique hardware auction will feature
several other
hardware rarities including a buffalo knob, a Crow Wing county (Minn.)
knob, Aesthetic movement store door pulls, and at more than 50 other hand-picked lots of choice collector material.
“What is odd is
that the Turkey Dinner knob was made by the Gilbert Lock Company,”
Wilson notes.

“Gilbert made hardware in the 1870s, but their patented system
bolted the knob onto the door plate so it did not turn, and instead, a
little a finger lever activated the latch. Gilbert was in business for
more than a decade, but until now, their only known designs were quite
simple and plain. is a special events auction
site that
features anonymous bidders, a real time count down clock, and extended
bidding that eliminates last second sniping.

Bidders can register on any time and follow the links to the feature article on
the Turkey Dinner doorknob and the auction preview. There is also a
preview gallery posted on Web Wilson’s Facebook page.

“A discovery like this is what makes the antiques
so much fun and so full of energy,” Wilson said. “It is not always about
the money, as the pre-sale estimate is only $100-$150, but rather the excitement of finding, and then selling, something no one knew existed.”
For more information visit or write to Wilson.



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