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Where Did The Pretty Glass Doorknob Trend Go?
Glass doorknobs first became available in the 1820s, with early designs resembling rounded balls; however, they didn’t gain popularity until the U.S. entered World War I in 1917.
Metals — including iron, bronze, and brass previously used for doorknobs — were needed for the war effort, and their scarcity made glass a practical and patriotic alternative.
It wasn't until after World War II that glass doorknobs fell out of fashion, which was largely the result of manufacturing improvements that made metal doorknobs more affordable.
If you think you might want glass doorknobs in your home, don't make any decisions until you do some research, especially if your current doorknobs are older.
Metal and porcelain doorknobs were also common in the 1800s and early 1900s and can be just as beautiful as glass if they are properly cleaned and restored.