I had a request for more pictures of the door knocker and peep hole that I mentioned in the post on my door a couple of days ago. So, here ya go!
As I said before, I love my door knocker. It has a great size that isn't chunky or overbearing on the door. I like that it is understated.
The big request was for more information on my peep hole. I disassembled the peep-hole today to try to locate manufacturer information. I was unable to find a manufacturer listed, but I did locate a patent number. A search for the patent number led me to discover that the US Patent Office issued the patent number on December 20, 1949. Although I still did not know the manufacturer, I was becoming intrigued. I have never given much thought to my peep hole. I knew that I had never seen one like it, but searching for other information on it never really crossed my mind. After doing a patent search on the US Patent Office website, I returned to Yahoo and entered the patent number in the search box. This brought me to the following web site: http://www.peeko.com/index.html. I discovered that this vintage peep-hole, which is officially named the Peek-O, is still in production. It is available in almost any standard finish.
According to their website:
"HOME PROTECTOR MFG. CO., INC. manufactures PEEK-O Revolving Door Viewers designed for use in residences, apartments, commercial and professional buildings.
The Peek-O units are manufactured in all standard finishes. They are Made in the United States for over 50 years.
Peek-O is approved by Board of Standards and Appeals for use in New York City under Cal. No. 663-67-SM.
These units are for doors 1" to 2" in thickness.
Peek-O is one of those pride-of-ownership details homebuyers remember and appreciate. It’s the best door viewer available:
- Engineered to provide a full 140 degree of visibility.
- Revolves to provide an extra measure of safety a 40 degree extra view.
- Stamped brass components
- Finest crystal glass lenses
- Enhances front door hardware"
I really liked this link, which shows the catalog page for the Peek-O: http://www.peeko.com/CatalogPage.pdf. You'll need a PDF viewer to see the catalog page.
I did a little more searching, and found one website that sells them. It looks like they are around $50. After owning mine, and realizing how beneficial it can be to have a peep-hole that can revolve in the door so that I can see more of what's outside, I think that it's worth it. Plus, this really makes a big impact on the looks of the door, especially if your door is somewhat plain and in need of a focal point. The only website I have found them on so far is this one: http://www.securityproductsinc.com/individualproducts/peeko.htm.
Below I have posted some more pictures of my peep-hole both in the door and disassembled to give you an idea on how it works.
If anyone has more information on my door knocker, I would be interested in finding out more about it.
It's Monday, start the week off with a smile!
As always, click on these pictures to enlarge them for better viewing.