27 October 2014

The best Knockers in London

Door furniture that is (get your mind out of the gutter - this is very much a PG, though slightly random blog). It occurred to me on a wander through London a couple of months ago (visiting the temporary art installation books about town) that before we had electronic door bells disturbing our quiet homes with Kraftwerk style trills, it was wrought iron knocker (or your bare fist) announcing the outside world.


Each and every time I encounter another beautiful knocker (once getting over the initial urge to rap it) I always begin to wonder at the story behind it. Is it a relic of the home's original Victorian history used by rich young women after a night dancing with their beau? Was it found in the car boot of a antiquing entrepreneur? Is it a modern knock-off added to a brand new door by a family wishing to prove their new-found fortunes have endowed a touch of class?


The sound of the ominous knock echoing down a long, wood lined hallway; does it strike joy in the hearts of the young inhabitants, eager to open the portal to the outer world, or does a timid elderly lady live in the home surrounded by the ghosts of years past and a scary modern society.





Filigree works in ironmongery, they do seem to be fashion statements that take a door from pretty, all the way to ridiculously posh dahling.




But, they are beautiful.




And this one has to take the cake (mouse-flavoured?).

Sensational Cat & Mouse front door knocker by Derek Bernstein

And some just get a little too funky...


What do you think of door knockers? What is you favourite?

17 comments :

  1. Totally love door knockers and will have one day even if I have to buy it from a boot sale!

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  2. I love the cat and the mouse the best. But I'm simultaneously disturbed by it. Oh well! x

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  3. I love door knockers and colorful doors in general! Beautiful!!

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  4. Now I've really noticed them, they're all I can see!

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  5. I'll keep an eye out for you! I tried to convince Mr Kiwi to let us have one (probably around the 6th time the bell broke...) but alas.

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  6. I love old door knockers! It's little things like this that make different places what they are, so it's nice to see some of the details of London :)

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  7. Love this. I always come home from my travels with pictures of doors I found beautiful.

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  8. Haha... Right away... I thought "Knockers? Why are we blogging about boobs in London?"... haha... Ahhhh I really do have to get out more!!

    Love these knockers by the way!

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  9. I read that as Knickers at first, haha! I love the cat and mouse one, where was that? The lion one reminds me of that scene in The Labyrinth, when Sarah has to choose between two doors and the knockers start arguing with each other...slightly off topic there!

    Angela | The Awkward Blog

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  10. Give me a door knocker over a doorbell any day. My parents have a bagpiper in kilt as their door knocker brought on a holiday when I was a kid.

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  11. Yes! I love walking in and around the streets near Portabello road - gorgeous doors and knockers there (oooerrr!)

    I love that cat one though - never seen one like that before.

    Em | Hmm Maybe...

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  12. I love your knockers Emma!! What an interesting and quirky post. My favourite is,without doubt, the cat with the mouse! X

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  13. Happyeverafter_Bride30 October 2014 at 14:56

    I have been waiting for you to share these ever since you mentioned it! There are some fantastic ones you've spotted! I like the Cat and mouse one, it's so different!

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  14. There are some incredible knockers there! I'm loving that cat and mouse one and the fish (?) one.

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