Knock knock!

2 Jun

copyright: Lisette van de Graaf

With so many old buildings and doorways, it is logical, that in Barcelona there are so many old door knockers and handles to be seen everywhere.  Here are just a few…

Starting with the fancy (but also very worn) door handle with knocking element (above) which reminds me of a rope, and the much simpler, humbler one below – I think it is pretty safe to say, that door knockers used to be rings which could be used as handles. And as they had a metallic element underneath affixed onto the door, they were also used as knockers.

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Plain ring

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Big and beautiful

With time the rings became fancier and frillier, until someone decided that rings were rather dull, and designed something a lot more exciting, such as the fishy knocker below…

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Fishy

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Rusty

Then designers  apparently went for a much more dainty subject, namely the feminine hand, holding an apple (or sometimes a plain ball, or maybe it’s a peach?)… I suppose this might have been a typical subject (symbol perhaps) from the Romantic period. Does anyone know? Please do tell if you do!!

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Tic tac hand

Anyway, ball, apple or peach, or whatever, it all started with a bit of rusty iron, evolved to a more stainless version, and finally the more sought-after brass version – the door ‘bling’ of its day, I suppose you could call it.

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Gold fingers

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Plain and matte

Nowadays, with our use of electric doorbells and buzzers, knockers are no longer in use, so our doors are much less embellished and just graced (if you can call it that) with plain door knobs or handles. These two examples at least are made of brass, but many others are much less exciting. How about your door? Is it a nice one? Does it have embellishments of any kind? Is it modern, or old?

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