I will start with a picture of my own decoration on my door. Before this year it has hung alone on my door but this year my door knocker is there and it doesn’t sit so well. As I am toying with the idea of a new door this coming year I am not going to worry too much
Last weekend I was out and about in Cambridgeshire and I spotted some lovely knocker and wreath combinations
I love the cheeky little pear knocker, first I have seen. Seen in Cambridge
I will let you into a secret, I don’t like this shape of knocker. It’s a very popular shape and I never take pictures of it but doesn’t it look better surrounded by a wreath? Also Cambridge
Hard to see but there is an Ely knocker hidden in this frosted wreath. I was visiting my friend Leonie who knows of my interest in knockers and was happy to look at local examples as we walked and talked.
Easier to spot this brass anchor in this one, also Ely.
A little closer to home, a splash of colour in Braunston, Northamptonshire
The other day I was reading a blog called www.spitalfieldslife.com and they had posted some artwork by a artist called Julie Price. I was excited to see several pictures of Spitalfield knockers with wreaths, and she has kindly permitted me to post them here. You can find them and others on her website www.passionforpaint.net
Knobs are usually found on their own, so there are a lot of solo knobs here, along with a couple of matching knob and knocker sets
We’ll start with this chunky brass lion, sent to me by my friend Leonie who spotted him in Ely, Cambridgeshire. Eagle-eyed knob-lovers might spot that he is similar but not identical to one of the pairs shared in the last post
one of the London pair
This is a lovely shape, from Diss, Norfolk
A subtle pattern on this one from Southwold, Suffolk
I love the intricacies of this one, found in London
I would say that this rather impressive knob in Leicester was more Arts and Crafts in style than Art Nouveau
Leicester is full of knobs, here’s another example
The door handle on the former grammar school in Daventry, Northamptonshire
Though I love my fish door knocker this is the one I really wanted to find when I started my search. This is the first fish knocker I ever snapped and was exactly what I wanted from a fish knocker (something I had never even realised I wanted until seconds before I took this last year in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire).
I have since seen quite a few marine-themed knockers, so maybe that should be the theme of my next post
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.