Animal-Shaped Door Knockers
A knocker is an opportunity to give your house a little extra personality. So why not go wild?
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.
The Renovator's Supply, about $39; Renovator's Supply, Inc.
Made of: Brass with an antique-brass finish
Size: 2"W x 5"H x 1¼"D
Highlights: Perfect for a Tudor or Gothic house, a roosting bat is sure to lighten the mood of any door.
Signature Hardware, about $32; Signature Hardware
Made of: Brass with a brushed-nickel finish
Size: 2⅛"W x 6"H x 3"D
Highlights: Sleek and sinuous, this snail's silvery shine will really pop on a dark-hued door.
Anthropologie, about $38; Anthropologie
Made of: Aluminum with an antiqued finish
Size: 3¾"W x 3½"H x 2¼"D
Highlights: A classic ring shape is reimagined with the fox and the hare in motion.
Treasure Gurus, about $30; Treasure Gurus
Made of: Cast iron with a rust-brown finish
Size: 9"W x 11"H x 3½"D
Highlights: Weighing in at 5 pounds, this antlered elk's head delivers a major impact.
Home Decorators Collection, about $54; Home Decorators Collection
Made of: Aluminum with a brown-and-gold finish
Size: 3½"W x 9½"H x 3"D
Highlights: The squirrel's tail forms a natural handle.