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.