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„Door furniture - a little deception“

from the gallery of Marjolein Katsma

I was fascinated by all the bits of ironwork on this double door - a gate to a courtyard, seen from the inside: this was at the house where we stayed in Kara-kul, the small town on the shore of the same-named lake.

I got the term "door furniture" from Wikipedia, which also told me this is used in the UK and Australia, while in the USA one talks about "door hardware". No word about Canada, South Africa, or any other English-speaking part of the world. In Dutch we have the term "hang en sluitwerk" but that refers to locks, hinges and handles not only on doors and gates, but windows as well. I liked "door furniture", so I stuck with that for my title.

So what do we have here? View large to get all the details! At the top, a sliding bolt, which seems to be only half-closed. Farther down, to the right, a nice shiny handle to pull the door open, which also serves as a parking space for the pin which can be used to close the "hinge lock" (I really have no idea what this thing is called!) below and to the left of it - close only, because right now it is locked by a padlock on a chain. That chain seems to be going right through the other door at which point there's also a loop of iron wire that may serve as a make-shift door handle: there's no real door handle on that side.

But on closer inspection, this close-up is deceptive... what looks like part of the *left* door in this close-up is actually part of the *right* door. Which means that sliding bolt at the top is sitting there doing nothing at all, certainly not closing or locking anything. And that wire loop that looked like a handle on the left door (I have seen more wire-loop handles like that), is actually keeping the two doors together (although the lock on the chain does that, too, and more securely, in spite of the now oddly-looking placement of that "hinge lock").

(Outside of the frame, there's a sturdy boulder on the ground that all by its own would keep the doors closed.)

There's a whole history of changes and improvisations here... And have another look at that "pin" dangling from the door handle on the right: it's not just that it would not actually close the door when put in that "hinge lock", now that we know all those bits are actually sitting on the right door. The pin is made from a piece of bone, and the rope it's dangling from is probably made from yak hair - (semi-domesticated) yaks being the only type of livestock that actually thrives at this altitude and in this climate.

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atari-frosch liked this artwork 2014-07-23 20:38:56 UTC
Marjolein Katsma 2013-08-04 11:52:32 UTC
(creator of the artwork)
Thanks for the like, Holger and Marina!
Marina von Ketteler liked this artwork 2013-06-15 19:07:45 UTC
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