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Agateware (or mineral) doorknobs  appear regularly in hardware trade catalogs during the second half of the nineteenth century; Examples can be found in the Illustrated Catalogue of American Hardware of the Russell Erwin Manufacturing Company, 1865, as well as other hardware catalogs.

Agateware (or mineral) doorknobs  appear regularly in hardware trade catalogs during the second half of the nineteenth century; Examples can be found in the Illustrated Catalogue of American Hardware of the Russell Erwin Manufacturing Company, 1865, as well as other hardware catalogs.

This undated illustration from a second half of the nineteenth century trade catalog was taken from A Price Guide to Victorian Houseware Hardware and Kitchenware.  Ronald S. Barlow.  Windmill Publishing Company, 1992.

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