ISSUE 72  |  The Gold Coast

5 Favorites: Glamorous Ring Door Knockers

May 15, 2013 1:30 PM

BY Janet Hall

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Door knockers have been around for centuries, created for the pragmatic purpose of announcing the arrival of guests and, later, to make a visual statement. Some were even designed to ward off evil spirits (unwanted guests?). We’ve rounded up five door knockers simple enough to adorn the 21st-century door. 

Above: Designed in high Italian Renaissance style by the architecture firm of McKim, Mead & White in the early 1900’s, the Payne Whitney mansion in New York has an entrance guarded by lion head door knockers.  Image via Sketch 42.

Above: The hand-finished E3 Door Knocker from Brussels-based hardware company Vervloet is from the Contemporary line; contact E. R. Butler for pricing and ordering information.

Above: Rocky Mountain’s Round Door Knockers are available in four different sizes and several different finishes; prices start at $240 for the 4-inch size.

Above: The solid brass Ring Door Knocker is available in two sizes and a choices of four finishes including pewter (as shown). Currently on sale for $32 to $42.50 (regularly $40 to $50), depending on size, at Restoration Hardware. 

Above: The Samuel Heath Ring Door Knocker measures 4.75 inches high and is available in a choice of seven finishes, including polished nickel (as shown). Prices start at $143.48 via Quality Bath.  

Above: The Baldwin Ring Style Solid Brass Door Knocker is available in several finishes; prices range from $71.40 to $84 at Handle Sets.

For indoors, consider an Elegant Black Doorknob