A Charming Edwardian Brass Doorknocker in the form of an Old English Sheepdog

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Origin: English
Period: Edwardian
Provenance: Unknown
Date: c.1905
Height: 3.5 inches
Width: 3.8 inches
Depth: 2.5 inches


Well cast in brass, this happy-go-lucky sheepdog provides a wonderful greeting to visitors, with a heavy and satisfying knock and remains wonderfully tactile. Still in sound structural and working order, an attractive laurel wreath surround encases the smiling head.

Now with a well worn lustre, this chap could be cleaned to a polished shine if so desired or left with its original patina. There are two screws for fixing the knocker to a door.

Doorknockers have been in use since their invention, early in world history, although they were most freely used during the Romanesque, the Gothic, and the Renaissance periods. England is the seat of most of the traditional knockers and wandering the narrow of London, one finds many historic specimens replaced by sterilised, plain and modern affairs. Some have, because of their owners' little regard for their value, been relegated to ash heaps and thrown away. An antique knocker such as this is therefore a beautifully original and effective foil for the dark or polished surface of the wood of the door.

This loveable rogue is simply a delightfully amusing piece of quality door furniture that would instantly cheer up the gloomiest of doorways.

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