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Doorknob from Fifth Avenue Building

Object Number: 
2005.10.1
Date: 
ca. 1909
Medium: 
Bronze, later filled with lead
Dimensions: 
1 x 1 1/2 x 2 1/2 in.
Description: 
Bronze paperweight fitted out from an original doorknob from the Fifth Avenue Building; bronze filled with lead; with monogram FAB.
Gallery Label: 
This paperweight was made from one of the original doorknobs from the Fifth Avenue Building, opened in 1909 on Fifth Avenue between 23rd and 24th Streets. One of New York City's most prestigious office buildings, the Fifth Avenue Building housed many toy manufacturers after World War I, and by the 1960s was exclusively occupied by toy-related companies. As office suites were combined over time the original doorknobs, bearing the building's monogram "FAB," were saved and valued as collectors' items. This example was later filled with lead and fitted out as a paperweight. The Historical Society Library has extensive holdings related to the Fifth Avenue Building.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Peter L. Malkin
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group