Originally Posted by oh'mike
Wow---never saw a knob set without at least one set screw----Big Jim or Steve may have run across something like that---
Yes I have and when one reason I own large sledge hammer is to smash antique crystal and glass knobs in mint condition to refinish the damn wood doors!
Actually, knobs from either side often threaded into each other in opposite directions to grip themselves to the door.
Really, let's see if we can rescue all. It's hard by remote control.
Are there glass/crystal knobs in such great condition on both sides of the door? If not, what does the opposing thing look like? Does one or both knobs turn at all and work the mechanism at all or it is frozen? Have you freed up the plate on the edge of the door to see if the additional movement frees a knob on either side? I am sure you have, but in case not, have you tried part of a can of WD40 with an injector tube yet?
Without being able to see, touch or twist what you have? May I suggest you call these folks who have done much work for me? They know antique locks and doornobs and will coach you through what is keeping you from refinishing this the way you want. Even if I were close and couldn't get your glass knobs off with my sledge hammer? I would have them on the phone. And you are going to want all the hardware replated anyhow right?