The Devil Queen

How my wife and I sold our souls to the Queen Anne Victorian we tried to save.

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Location: Crow Mountain, Arkansas, United States

Synopsis: This is a cautionary tale. A seriously disturbed couple find the charming, old ruin of a Queen Anne Victorian in Russellville, Arkansas, and buy it for $1.00. They tore the roof off, cut it in half, and had it moved to some land they owned sixteen miles away because they didn't know any better. Since then, they have hired and fired contractors, had all of their tools stolen, re-wired, re-plumbed, insulated, and essentially rebuilt the entire house. Their only problem is that after four years it still isn't finished. Now they are tired, broke, and wonder what in the hell it is they've done to themselves. And, it's haunted.
(Last updated on April 3, 2008)

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Thursday, March 30, 2006

What is This?

Okay, I know this is part of a doorknob & lock assembly. However, I’ve never seen one quite like this. In particular, there is the weird “button” mounted to the side of where the doorknob should be. My guess is it operated the door latch, but, since most of the parts are missing, it has been hard to figure out. There is no matching piece on the inside of the closet door, and no latch or bolt. In fact, the places where these pieces should have been are patched (sloppy work) with what I think is wood putty.

It is mounted on the closet door in the master bedroom. It hasn’t been a functioning piece of hardware in quite a long time. A modern interior doorknob (cheap, $5.00 fake-brass looking thing you’d find in any house built since 1975) was mounted above this piece of hardware.

Does anyone recognize the style, model, or age of this? If you have any ideas, please let me know.


Blogger ben said...

Have you checked the top and bottom of the door? Perhaps it operated a latch like on the dummy side of french doors.

12:04 PM  
Anonymous Yokel said...

Looks like a early version of a doorknob. As if the knob was stationary (didn't turn, and the 'button' pulled the latch. Would probably be mechanically simpler to build than a than a turning door knob.

I've never seen anything like that before though. Is there anything behind it, or on the backside of the door?


(or could it simply have been some sort of funky lock on the knob?)

5:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have no idea what that is, but can share frustration in the "progressives" that puttied in the old door knobs and put one of the "new" silver or gold (or in our case one of both) door knobs in a couple of inches ABOVE the original.

annoying and stupid...lots of the hubby's time spend fixing the fix...

9:33 PM  
Anonymous davidLBC said...

Is it possible this is a hold-open latch, like there was a post on the adjacent wall that this would catch on to hold the door open. Then the "button" would release the door? I am also frustrated by hastily replaced door hardware. Like the dopes who decided the 80 y/o mortise lock and hammered copper handle on my front door should be thrown out and replaced with a cheap tubular lock and a deadbolt, spaced 2 feet apart!

4:06 PM  

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