A Regency Door Knocker

Circa 1825

This Regency door knocker is in the form of a Classical female mask surmounted with clusters of grapes and leaves. The knocker is shaped as a swag of leaves and the brass nameplate is separately attached. An identical pattern is found in a Birmingham trade catalogue, item No. 489, page watermarked 1803, and again in Designs for, or descriptive diagrams of door-knockers, wafer-irons, latches and candle-snuffers, plate No. 25, item #337, C.1820 in the reference library at Winterthur. An identical door knocker was included in the 1963 exhibition catalogue Classical America 1815-1845 as plate 204. That knocker is cast in the back with “WILSON’S PATENT” for Wilson Foundry, New London, Connecticut, c.1845.

Cast iron and brass
Height: 8 1/2” Width: 4 1/4”

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