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12-06-2006 02:00 PM CET | Arts & Culture

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Pair of fancy antique hardware hinges

Pair of fancy antique hardware hinges

Web Wilson’s antique hardware auction No. 51 has opened for online bidding at More than 120 fine lots of hand picked vintage builders’ hardware will be sold to the highest bidder.

To browse the auction, and to register as a bidder, visit

The first antique hardware auction produced by the auction team was in 1995, and from the start they have built a reputation for quality, integrity, and record setting prices. They sold the first “doggie” door knob for $3600 in 1996, and a few years later, sold a rare variation of the doggie design for more than $8000. In 2005 Web Wilson’s internet auctions set the current world record doorknob price when they sold an MCCC Standing Elk knob for $9450.

Results from the first several years of Web Wilson’s hardware auctions form the basis of the book Antique Hardware Price Guide, written by H. Weber Wilson, and is available for purchase at .

The current antique hardware auction is Web Wilson’s 51st, and presents many items from a long time collector, who has never previously offered any of the collection for sale. There are also freshly selected items from several additional quality consignors. Among the auction highlights are a pair of H&D Treasury knobs with plates, and a matching mortise lock made entirely of brass. Also up for auction is a rare Mallory Wheeler jumbo flower knob, a Heart knob in near mint condition, and a fine Mallory Wheeler Grape knob. Additional important lots include double keyhole plates by Norwalk, two Mallory Wheeler entry size hex knobs, several sets of bronze hinges, a large period brass door knocker, and a Canadian emblematic entry knob featuring a moose, a caribou, and a polar bear.

Of special interest will be the many lock sets that include matching knobs, plates, mortise locks, escutcheons and even night works. There will be many lots of smaller items such as sash locks, door bells, rosettes, and keyhole escutcheons.

In 2005, Web Wilson worked with a group of professional antiques dealers to launch, a vetted online auction site with many custom features such as anonymous bidders and an extended bidding option.

The web site includes a virtual museum and library, and links to many hardware buyers and sellers. It is considered the premiere Internet destination for all those seeking to learn about and to purchase antique builders’ hardware.

The 51st Antique Hardware Auction will remain open for bidding until 10 p.m. Sunday, December 10th when lots will begin closing at one minute intervals. All auctions at feature no hidden reserves realistic bid increments that benefit both buyers and sellers.

Register now at For more information call 800-508-0022 or email or

Web Wilson
PO Box 506 Portsmouth, RI 02871

The website and auction program has been designed by professional antiques dealers for serious antiques buyers, sellers, and collectors. Everything we present is selected for quality and authenticity and everything is 100% guaranteed as described.

Since the rise of the Internet, the indifference of too many “antiques” sellers on the web has caused considerable market erosion. A goal of is therefore to help restore the excitement and positive energy that comes from searching through quality vintage merchandise and then making trustworthy transactions.

Every auction on is organized and presented by a professional antiques dealer with many years of experience in their specialty area. Consequently, bidders can be confident that every item offered is worthy, whether it is for a beginning or a sophisticated buyer.

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