A rose by any other name is still door hardware

Rose and door knob from Willow collection Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA Photo Doug Hill

Rose and door knob from Willow collection Martin Pierce Hardware Los Angeles CA

Photo Doug Hill

The line from Shakespeare's "Romeo and Juliet" was referring to the beauty of a rose that, no matter the name, would still be aromatic and beautiful.  In today's world the word rose has come to refer to many beautiful items and, in this case, door handles and accessories.

In door hardware terminology there are other terms that are synonymous with rose, including backplate or escutcheon.  It sits flush against the door and can be as simple or as ornate in design as the style of the space dictates and its main purpose is to cover up the mechanisms of the door knob, including the spindle and latch.  In earlier times it often featured a coat of arms to identify the property owner. The rose can be used for decorative purposes and surround a door handle or door knob or it can be functional and contain a keyhole.

However, unlike the rose that Romeo was referring to, door hardware roses are different than backplates or escutcheons.  They perform the same function as a rose, namely to cover up the mechanisms, but a rose is typically round in shape and smaller than a backplate or escutcheon which can be round (like a rose), square or rectangular and more substantial in size to conceal more than one functioning part of the door knob.

We offer many different roses to complement our collection of door handles.  In this chart we show the backplate and rose options from our Hedgerow collection of custom door knobs and door handles.

To view more roses and backplates, as well as our entire collection of architectural hardware, please visit our site at www.martinpierce.com.

Designers can visit the showroom located at:

5433 W. Washington Blvd.

Los Angeles, Ca  90016

Tel: 323-939-5929