This Week’s Theme: Door Knobs
I love the petite quatrefoil pattern (“Madras”) on this 1894 antique cast bronze Yale & Towne door knob. It even continues on the back side as well. With the previous MotDs the a design starts in the middle and changes as it works its way outward in a finite way. With today’s MotD, the pattern of petite “mandalas” repeats infinitely across the whole surface with the implication that it continues past the boundaries of the the knob.
From the University of Connecticut library site:
Yale & Towne Manufacturing Company was established in 1868 by Linus Yale [Jr] and Henry Towne in Stamford, Connecticut. Linus Yale was the inventor of the tumbler lock. He died in New York on December 24, 1868, never knowing that his company would become the leading manufacturer of locks in the world. Henry Towne expanded the company from locks to materials handling in 1875. Yale & Towne Manufacturing was the leading employer in the Stamford, Connecticut, area.
From YaleLock.com about Linus Yale, Jr:
Yale Jr. was also experimenting with a lock based on a mechanism first employed by the ancient Egyptians over 4,000 years ago. Granted patents in 1861 and 1865, Yale finally succeeded in creating his most important invention – the Yale cylinder lock. Linus Yale Jr. transformed the locking industry forever with his many breakthrough inventions.
Inspiration for Today
“Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way.” ~ Edward de Bono