Historic hardware is a key component of the historic character of a house!
The hardware used in a historic house always reflects the time in which it was created. It might be hand-forged iron in early houses, elaborate cast brass in Victorian houses, or polished aluminum in a Mid-Century Modern house. Whatever it is, it is probably repairable (unlike modern hardware) and should be preserved. There are antique hardware dealers and restorers, many of whom will do work by mail.
Architectural salvage shops typically stock lots of historic hardware. Online auction sites can also be a great source to find what you need. The Aesthetic Movement (aka Eastlake) key hole escutcheon pictured here is currently for sale on eBay (I am not the seller): http://ow.ly/9vRy50ARlkm
Hardware is covered in Chapter 17 of Restoring Your Historic House, The Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners. The 720-page best-selling hardcover book is available in bookstores and from online retailers (it is currently 34% off on Amazon! http://ow.ly/SyGi50ARlkn).
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