After the gate, the door knocker or door knob and the door bell would usually be the first items to be connected to the house and touched by any visitors and as such the home owner would want the first impression to count and for the visitor to get a flavour of the good taste of the house owners. Centre door knobs are a popular addition with many attractive designs available.
As for door handles for the internal doors on a house, brass is a traditional and fitting finish in a Victorian home although other finishes such as glass, chrome, bone, wood or porcelain may add to the interior finish without detracting from the period of the property. Round turning knobs are commonly used but some people find more difficult to grip and turn, especially if they have become worn and stubborn over the years. Round knobs are available in many attractive designs including porcelain and bone stripes and cut glass, a lovely touch for bedrooms and walk in wardrobes.
The Victorian Emporium's Ebony Mortice/Rim Beehive Knob Set
Lever handles also work well and are simpler to use – many of them are decorated with monkey tails and intricate designs cut into solid backplates.
Pull handles on the other hand are only suitable for doors that are self closing where a turning handle is not required. These are relatively modern in design and would work with roller latches but beware of nylon roller bolts - these date from the 1930s onwards - not very Victorian (and a “must not” for anyone tying to restore a Victorian property back to it's original style).These again can be chosen in many different finishes and designs.
Round turning knobs are fairly easy to fit if replacing existing handles, being screwed into place on either side of the door with the centre section connecting them through the wood. This is the same for lever handles. Pull handles are the easiest to fit as the handles on either side of the door do not have to connect up and there is no need to drill through the door.
The Victorian Emporium sells a wide variety of door knobs, handles, door bells and other door accessories to suit period homes.