Dating furniture by hardware
An antique, according to the federal government (United States Customs) is an item over 100 years old.
For the purposes of dating antique hardware we typically rely on the date of an antique hardware catalogue which shows the item or, in some instances, the age of the building it was removed from. It's usually very hard to tell the difference but, in general, brass will have a yellow color and bronze will have a more rose color.
A rim lock is the easiest lock to install - bar none!
And we all know that nothing is easy in restoring old houses!There are also companies that sell retrofit hardware that will fit the 2-1/8" hole.They provide everything but the doorknobs themselves.If there are no holes cut in the door it would be the same as with an antique door.If the door has a big round ugly hole it will need to be filled first.