History Of The Beehive Door Knob

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Here at Suffolk Latch Company, we always like to know the design history of our products. One of our most popular door furniture items is the beehive door knob. Timelessly elegant, and perfect for giving period detail to your home, here is a little bit of history....

Rosewood Beehive Door knob


The Georgian Period 1714-1830

An era of British history named from the century long rule of King George I from 1714 through to the end of King George IV's reign 1830.

Homes and buildings from the Georgian period, whilst being diverse, can be defined as simple and elegant, neo-classical in origin. Architects were inspired by the symmetry and proportion of the classical architecture of Greece and Rome. The Heritage Trust property, Lytham Hall in the North West of England, is a classic example of Georgian architecture.

In the early part of the Georgian era, hand forged black iron door furniture would still have been used in homes, but as the period progressed, door furniture would have incresingly refelcted the simple elegance of the classical styling.

Reeded door knobs, with double or triple rings around the edge of the knob became popular, serving both a decorative and practical purpose of offering a better grip when opening. These early beehive styled knobs were made from solid brass or wood which was turned on a lathe.

The door knobs in Georgian properties are synonymous with simple classical elegance.

Here at Suffolk Latch Company we offer a Georgian and Ringed door knob, inspired by these early beehive styles.

Rosewood Georgian Door KnobRosewood Ringed Door Knob


The Victorian Period 1837 - 1901

As the years progressed, the beehive door knob became more decorative and elaborate, looking more like the beehive door knobs we see today. Methods of ironmongery were becoming more mechanised and resulted in mass production of many items, allowing for lower prices and greater availability. Solid brass became more and more popular and the most common door furniture choice in this period.

Beehive Door Knobs Rosewood & Ebonised

beehive solid brass door knobs in three finishesnickel beehive cabinet knobs




Take a look at our door knob collection, including these solid brass beehive door knobs in antique, or the more contemporary nickel or chrome finishes. Co-ordinate with some matching cabinet knobs, perfect for injecting a little bit of period style into your home.

Thank you to @1901 renovation for the cover photo showing our Ebonised Beehive Door Knob.


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