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Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Thursday, 09 March, 2006 - 01:39 pm:   

Many of the houses in the area were built in the 1930s and would have originally had bakelite door handles. This material was out of fashion for decades and most of the bakelite would have been junked. I've been trying to source this for a number of years for our place. Not a lot turns up on e-bay and I have scoured reclamation yards across the country. Perhaps someone has unwanted door handles (these come with a rectangular back plate) in their shed or attic (happy to pay or donate some dosh to charity). Peter in the Old Bath House (Sydenham Rd) is very helpful but tends to get older stuff. I try the various door places but the handles probably have been junked or get broken. Not seen anything in Greenwich market either and not so many junk shops around today. Any other recommendations? (Leave the sarcasm to my other postings please!). The Old Bathhouse has a number of 30s doors at the present if anyone needs them.
Joined 17-03-2005
Posted on Thursday, 09 March, 2006 - 07:37 pm:   

Hi I had these on some of the doors when I lived in Vale Lodge - however they did tend to break as not as strong as plastic. I did see some at the reclamation yard- LASSCO0 near London Bridge station- they have sold up and moved to Battersea- There is also a 1930's shop in Kirkdale near the roundabout and Bygones on the internet- they are based in Canterbury.
If anyone wants some original 1930's leaded windows, let me know as I know of some for sale locally.
Joined 29-03-2005
Posted on Friday, 10 March, 2006 - 05:21 pm: /1930s-art-deco-bakelite-door-handles-x22316x4.htm l
Joined 19-05-2004
Posted on Monday, 20 March, 2006 - 05:30 pm:   

Thanks Johnny, these are a different shape and for some reason I couldn't get in touch with the advertiser (there were some of this type on e-bay). Perhaps putting this up the top of this list will rekindle some interest, make a difference from McDonalds!

Roz - Lassco tend to be on the exspensive side, assisted by the coverage they got on the reclamation programme. But of course I should give them a go. For some nice, and tempting, repro brass or chrome door handles (very deco) try Homebase. The fact that the brass ones are reduced suggests they are not selling, a shame as they are a very nice product (bearing in mind that modern life is often rubbish!)
Joined 29-03-2005
Posted on Monday, 20 March, 2006 - 07:04 pm: ral.html

These are a bit more knobby.....

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