Iron Door Knockers

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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Iron door knockers, you might say to yourself, aren't quite my style. Set aside style for a moment. An iron door knocker makes a noise, a respectable audible noise. Many door knockers we see nowadays--in the condominium I own, for example--are so feeble that it's clear they're there only for show. The "tap tap tap" sound they make can't be heard if you're not within three feet of the door.

Let us return to the subject of style. Iron door knockers usually evoke one of two images. The first might be a 17th-century house on the moors of England. The second might be a country-style cottage with a small garden in back. In both instances, if you stretch your imagination a bit, the concept of a smith at a forge pounding the red hot iron into shape before cooling it in water isn't too remote. Door knockers in colonial America were in fact almost without exception made of iron. Brass foundries stayed in England.

Styles of Iron Door Knockers

In fact, modern iron foundries produce a variety of styles in wrought and forged iron. Some are sleek and simple and sophisticated. Those that are rustic and simple are deliberately so. Those that are massive and medieval are again deliberately so.

In choosing among iron door knockers, you might be startled at the variety. At one end are angular geometric knockers that Frank Lloyd Wright might favor. At the other might be an intricate English rose pattern that conjures images of Oliver Twist or The Pickwick Papers. In the middle are the mimicry of a willow branch and a lion's head and more. All you are choosing in iron is the material. This may, after all, be very much your style.

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