PANORAMA OF EARLY DOORS
Take a gallery tour of details inherent in John's rare collection of early doors.
Pen and ink drawings with watercolors by artist Greta Shepard.
Front Entrance Indian Door
Heavy scored lines connecting rose-headed nails form a diamond pattern. These lines were originally incised, but come out in relief with centuries of weathering.
William and Mary Period Door
Wide, feather-edged panels indicate a date in the early 18th century. The framed molding is nailed to the frame and not an integral part of the door frame. Notice original butterfly hinges.
Bolection Molded Door
Perhaps unique. Heavy cyma-curved profile bolection molded detail is nailed directly to the door. Period “H-L” hinges remain.
Horizontal battens retain heavy cyma-curved beading, which helps date it. Vertical boards are joined in feather-edged fashion.
Likely early paint still remains. Marvelous, heavy “H-L” hinges. The match to this door still exists.
USS Constitution Door
Swinging cabin door. Raised panels both sides and vase-turned spindles. “H-L” hinges still remain.
Vernacular Federal Door
Only two panels, which is unusual. Shallow panels indicate later period. Wash of greenish paint, perhaps original.
Heavy Later Batten Door
Battens are plain, without decorative beading, which gives it a later date. Yet, it retains early form butterfly hinges, indicating these hinges were used into the 19th century. (Compare to William and Mary Door, above.)