Animal-Shaped Door Knockers
A knocker is an opportunity to give your house a little extra personality. So why not go wild?
Fauna for Your Door
Long before electricity propelled doorbells to the forefront for announcing visitors, knockers had been doing the job, even as far back as ancient Greece. But ones with a fanciful look only became popular during the Renaissance, when they evolved into small-scale works of art; door knockers shaped like menacing gargoyles were hung to ward off evil spirits, while mythological beasts amused waiting guests. In a similar vein, a slew of animal, insect, and sea-life designs are showing up today—occasionally fierce, but mostly fun. Here, 11 of our favorite featured creatures.
Tip: A knocker shouldn't infringe on door panels, so measure your door's stiles and rails before buying. Hang it 5 feet high for best effect.