The Mystery Lot for NYD 2021 Auction

Sub Title: Super Rare—Super Valuable?

Often, when I go picking, and some shop owner asks “What are you looking for?”, I reply:

“The doorknob of life”.

Which usually brings forth a confused laugh, or at best a weak “What’s that?” And of course I respond:

“I’ll know it when I see it”.

Which is to say that while we collectors (of anything, really; not just hardware) are always seeking certain “Holy grails” or objects-of-desire that are well defined, such as a certain MCCC doorknob, or a set of Fishy door pulls, what we also seek, perhaps with more fervor than what we generate for the “great knowns” is the discovery of a “great unknown”.

Many folks have reached this plateau of collecting zeal, which brings forth not just personal satisfaction from using all that hard earned knowledge, but one also the expectation that such a discovery will result in a nice monetary reward. The brutal truth, however, is that quite possibly no one else really cares, and your great find may have minimum money value, or may even be un-sellable.

My best example of this is the “Tweedle Dum” sash stop offered in our New Year’s Day 2020 auction. Here was a find that had a real personality and was marked with the maker’s name and patent date. I paid a lot more than what I wanted to for that little guy, but for something never-before-seen, what are ya gonna do? (Read the whole story in here in the LooLoo library)

Plus, with an auction coming up, it was worth a shot. But even with lots of publicity, the result was a dud. No bids in the auction and a post-auction sale for basically no profit.

So now, for the NYD 2021 auction I have another “great unknown”, or at lease I believe so. But this time, in the spirit of serious collecting and concomitant mysteries, the identity of this latest discovery will not be revealed until the auction closing day, Jan 1, 2021.

The Mystery Lot

The Mystery Lot

Maybe it will turn out that there are a dozen of these pieces is various collection but I’ve consulted the Great Guru of our fraternity and am made confident that this mystery lot is exceedingly rare.


Again, I paid more than I wanted, but hey, this thing is special and I have an auction coming up, right? Oh, wait…

Beyond this exciting mystery item our NYD 2021 Auction will be offering more than 200 lots of quality collector hardware. There are about 80 nice pattern knobs, both entry and passage size, that will fill many gaps in many collections. Most of these knobs will have opening bids of $10 to $15.

There is also an excellent selection of higher grade knobs, plates, hinges, and various other pieces of fine builders’ hardware.

Go to and download the LooLoo Auctions mobile app. Then register to bid and make ready for a fun event on New Year’s Day 2021.