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Friday, September 14th 2018. | Door Knocker

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colby smith door knockers

colby smith door knockers

vintage pineapple door knocker

vintage pineapple door knocker

irish claddagh door knocker

irish claddagh door knocker

antique brass lion door knocker

antique brass lion door knocker

bear door knocker
bear door knocker
brass dragonfly door knocker
brass dragonfly door knocker

Although intricate door knockers are popular these days the origins of that knocker may be something far more regal than it simply looking nice on the door. Greeks were a bit picky about unannounced visits to their dwellings. It was considered a breach of etiquette to enter a dwelling without warning. Where Spartans would simply shout their arrival the more sophisticated Athenians preferred to use a door knocker. Doors had replaced flexible hangings to provide better safety and privacy. Upper class Greeks had slaves whose sole purpose was to answer the door. Its a bit like having a butler but one that was chained to the door to prevent them wandering off.

Different manufacturers describe them as Grecian Urns or Victorian Urns. Each appears to have some merit. It is possible that the relationship to eras revolves around the designs used as each period features its own distinctive style of ornamentation. Some are embellished with flower patterns while others have leaves and feathers. Among my personal favorites being an engraver is the old standard swirling vine pattern that generally seems to fit the urn door knocker form well. I have even come across them adorned with cherubs and angels.

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bronze lion head door knocker

bronze lion head door knocker

schlage antique brass door knocker

schlage antique brass door knocker

door knocker and peephole

door knocker and peephole

disney door knocker

disney door knocker

cast iron lion head door knocker
cast iron lion head door knocker
antique brass lion door knocker
antique brass lion door knocker

Although the popularity of specific designs changes over time there are lovely patterns that are always a classic and welcome addition to any entryway set. Lions and Animals Animal door knockers lions especially are a timeless pattern for most any architectural style. The dramatic designs offer something unique to the home and can be coordinated with most pre-existing door hardware. One of the most wonderful examples is shown below a hand cast solid brass lion head door knocker. Doctors Door Knockers This pattern may not be as well known today but at one point it was a method of identifying the profession of the home owner for potential clients.

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