Nice pair

So far we’ve had a fair number of knockers but not so many knobs. To remedy this I am going to have a couple of posts with some knobs, this one has pairs and the next will be single knobs.

Both of these pairs of knobs were found on the same street in London.

From Leicester, possibly a former bank

Sometimes it is hard to know if they are knobs, knockers or handles!

On a visit to Wells, Somerset this summer I saw a couple of knockers on adjacent properties. The house are very close to the cathedral and the identical knockers have been given very different treatments. I am not sure which I prefer, both are appealing.

Part of a terrace of 5 or 6 fairly substantial but slightly different houses (possibly Georgian) only the last two have these knockers. The others are dull and generic in comparison. Did all the houses have them once, I wonder? Were the occupants connected to the cathedral, or maybe the builder just bought a job lot, I will never know.

These are a fine pair from Woodstock, Oxon

This very ornate pair were in the vicinity of the Guildhall, London

And finally if you are a fan of The Labyrinth my friend Mark alerted me to these. If you are feeling rich you can buy them from the link below but sadly I don’t think they will talk like the originals.

Norton, Northamptonshire

Fish Knocker
Fish Knocker, Northamptonshire.

My fish door knocker, Northamptonshire

Why door knockers?

It seems logical to start a new blog about door knockers with my very own door knocker. Meet the little brass fish who lives on our front door. He has a cheerful smile that can’t quite been seen until you pick him up to use him and he is loose in his movement, wobbling more than he probably should.

He isn’t exactly the fish knocker I really wanted. When I decided that it had to be a fish door knocker I discovered that there weren’t actually many fish door knockers available (especially when you live in the middle of the country, hours from the seaside). All the ones I found were a bit same-y with of dolphins which were nice but weren’t really what I was looking for. Eventually I found this little fella on eBay, hand-made in India and located there too. Less than £18 and a surprisingly swift 5 days later he was mine.

But why door knockers?!

Yeah I don’t really know why. My husband and friends might be walking and talking before suddenly realising that they have lost me, I have stopped to look and photograph some knocker or knob.

All I know is I get excited by seeing unusual door furniture and when I started sharing the pictures on Instagram it seemed other people liked them too. So I decided to group them together instead.