Garlan Gudger, Jr’s fascination with door knobs began as a young boy. He would spend hours sifting through the buckets of knobs sitting around his father’s antique shop looking for just the right ones that caught his eye. He quickly learned to recognize the knobs that were unique, even rare, and would pull those aside to add to his own stockpile. Over the years his fascination grew from rummaging through the store to seeking out specific knobs to add to his ever growing collection… a collection that has grown into one of the largest in the nation.
Ask Garlan which knob is his favorite and you may get a different answer each time. There are SO many to choose from! One that he often points out as his favorite is an unfinished buffalo knob. This oval knob still has the casting tab attached and is missing the shank. When this design was taken out of production by the manufacturer, this particular knob was cast aside and never finished. The knob, to Garlan, represents a wonderful work of art in progress. It is a rare and prized acquisition, one that Garlan sought out as an addition to his collection.
A fan favorite among visitors to our showroom is the Ludwig Kreuzinger “doggie” knob. This hand crafted design from the 1870’s has been acclaimed a masterpiece of industrial art by collectors. Many would deem this knob as their most prized acquisition. The animal designs included in Garlan’s collection always draw attention from spectators and include several dogs, lions, deer, and a hummingbird, among others. The intricate detailing of each one is simply fascinating.
Looking through the collection it would be hard to ignore the vast accumulation of glass, mercury, and crystal knobs. Clear to colored glass, smooth to cut crystal, controlled bubble mercury glass, the sparkle and shine of each one quickly catches the eye.
The entire door knob collection is currently on display in Southern Accents showroom. Stop in for a visit and tell us which one is your favorite! Of course if you’re looking for a little door bling of your own, we have a large selection of antique knobs and backplates to choose from. Whether you fancy cast brass, glass, or porcelain, we are sure that you will find the perfect knob that will add just the right amount of character to your door. Visit us online or stop by our showroom to view our ever growing selection.
Written By: Lisa Jones