From an old Schlage outside/inside door knob (I think it dates back to the 1950's). I can't find where the retaining clip goes. The front of the door is a handle with an old-fashioned leverenter image description here

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This seems to be the solution, so far. (I will know for sure, once it's on the door). The little (moveable) tab that holds the finishing plate on bottom is holding the retaining clip, with gravity keeping it down. Both finishing plate and door knob seem secure. Somehow, I pictured this in a tighter area when I took it off a month ago.

Another lesson I learned. Take photos when disassembling. I had originally planned to replace the door knob so saw no need to. It would've been too difficult of a project to replace. And I didn't want to end up getting an entire new door if I couldn't find an exact match or didn't measure a for new one's location properly.

Also, I was "almost 100% sure" the clip went on the front of that silver back plate with the finishing plate in front of it. It looks like I was 100% wrong.

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  • Congrats on figuring this out! Please give yourself a check mark on this answer so others will know that this has a successful resolution and they can rely on it if they have a similar issue. – FreeMan Jul 28 '20 at 16:12
  • I've found the "take lots of photos during teardown" approach useful on several occasions now. – Wayfaring Stranger Jul 29 '20 at 23:33

I think it holds the finish plate on. Look at the base plate you see the bump outs clip may go in there. Then push over it a snap down to hold the finish in the lower notch.

  • When you put on the trim? Does the bottom notch click in and hold it tight. And the top is loose. – user101687 Jun 10 '19 at 23:54
  • The bottom notch clicks in, the top is slightly loose. The door knob itself seems to be falling downward. My thinking is that the clip is used somewhere between the finish plate and silver plate to stabilize the door knob. I can't find anyplace that it would sensibly fit. – Whitehaven001 Jun 11 '19 at 0:08
  • The very top two bump outs maybe .And look at inside of the copper rim for marks . See a little green were clip may have rest. – user101687 Jun 11 '19 at 0:18
  • I don't think Schlage would design a decorative face plate to hold the lock in place. You're either missing pieces or that clip holds the knob in. The face plate is probably just loose from being bent out of shape. Try putting it on the shaft and up against the structure plate, if that's not where it goes to straighten out the lock, something else is broken. – Mazura Jun 11 '19 at 0:20
  • Do you have more parts? And when you install them .What happens? Does the finish stay,or loose?Knob pulls off? – user101687 Jun 11 '19 at 0:30

Your face plate is damaged.(you may already know this) If you still have this nob. Did you remove the key pin? If you didnt. you can try and then try to unlock the thumb trigger. The key pin may be inserted wrong. It does look like in picture 3 the key is not all the way in. you need a door key to put it in right (I think). forgot you wrote it was lost.

  • Are you sure you've answered the correct question? The OP didn't say anything about the knob not unlocking, only that he didn't know where the retaining clip was to go. – FreeMan Jul 28 '20 at 16:11

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