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Door Knockers

Hand Door knocker

Not only the purpose of a door knocker is to allow a guest the opportunity to announce his presence but it has a symbolic meaning too . Door knockers may be simple pragmatic objects, whose design was simple and utilitarian but it was more often a visual object that possessed symbolic value in addition to its practical purpose. The symbolism is most often related to the acts of welcoming guests and protecting the home. Thus one fond such motifs as the pineapple that has traditionally been associated with hospitality and prosperity. Many other motifs cans be found such as Lion, Dolphins, Dragon etc.. ( See our article about door lockers symbols.) Over the time doors knockers have become more and more a symbol of the social standing of the house.

All About Door Knockers

The first material that was used for making door knocker was iron, first wrought iron and later cast-iron. In the 19th and 20th c. brass door knockers became more and more popular because of their lower cost of fabrication. Door Knockers can be classified in four broad categories:

  • Ring door knockers
  • Hammered door knockers
  • Door knockers with human figures and/or animal's heads
  • Hand-shaped door knockers
17th century Hand Knocker
17th C. Hand Knocker
Pair of  Door Knockers
Pair of Door Knockers
Regency Style Cast Iron Door Knocker
Regency Style Cast Iron Door Knocker
French Bronze Knocker
French Bronze Knocker
Wolf Door Knocker
Wolf Door Knocker
Black Swan Door Knocker
Black Swan Door Knocker
Door Knocker With a Gruesome Face
Door Knocker With a Gruesome Face
18th C. Door Knocker
Bronze Knocker
Bronze Knocker
17th C.Door Knocker
17th C.Door Knocker
Early 17th C. Door Knocket
Early 17th C. Door Knocker
17th C. Door knocker
17th C. Door knocker
17th c. Door knocker
17th c. Door Knocker
19th C. Door knocker
19th C. Door knocker
18th C. Bronze Door knockers
18th C. Bronze Door Knockers
17th C. Mysterious Door knocker
17th C. Mysterious Door Knocker
8th C. Door knocker
18th C. Door Knocker
Mysterious Door Knocker
Mysterious Door Knocker
17th C. Door knocker
17th C. Door knocker
Door knockers
Door knockers
Classic Cast Iron Door Knocker
Classic Cast Iron Door Knocker
Two Faces Door knocker
Two Faces Door knocker
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