Door knocker

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Door knocker

A knob, bar, or ring of metal, attached to the outside of an exterior door to enable a person to announce his or her presence, usually held by a hinge so that it can be lifted to strike a metal plate.

door knocker

door knocker, England (15th cent.)
A hinged knob, bar, or ring of metal, attached to the outside of an exterior door, to enable a person to announce his presence.
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He went to bed a little after midnight, and was awakened from lurid dreams in the small hours of Monday by the sound of door knockers, feet running in the street, distant drumming, and a clamour of bells.
Near to the jail, and by consequence near to Smithfield also, and the Compter, and the bustle and noise of the city; and just on that particular part of Snow Hill where omnibus horses going eastward seriously think of falling down on purpose, and where horses in hackney cabriolets going westward not unfrequently fall by accident, is the coach-yard of the Saracen's Head Inn; its portal guarded by two Saracens' heads and shoulders, which it was once the pride and glory of the choice spirits of this metropolis to pull down at night, but which have for some time remained in undisturbed tranquillity; possibly because this species of humour is now confined to St James's parish, where door knockers are preferred as being more portable, and bell-wires esteemed as convenient toothpicks.
Everything from fleur de lys curtain poles, rosehead iron nails and cast-iron door knockers to Belfast sinks and Turks head toilet brushes.
Featured in the collection are handle sets, keyed entry knobs, interior knob and lever sets, door knockers, bell buttons, letterbox plates, house numbers, hinges and kick plates.
Officers are urging people to be extremely cautious about any unannounced door knockers.
Thieves have been cashing in on the price boom by stealing anything from door knockers to entire bus shelters.
The ribbons that for weeks covered the war memorial outside the Royal Oak may have come down after a request from the local council but ribbons still fly from car aerials and hang from door knockers and fenceposts.
Gullible older folks need to learn a rapid lesson: never deal with door knockers, use Yellow Pages or neighbours' recommendation.
Beautiful light switches, stunning curtain finials, wonderful tassels, fab lamp shades, brass door knockers, spot lights - their list of kit is endless.
Door knockers, kick plates, lighting and house numbers should all be coordinated in the same metal finish for a clean look.
Door knockers can give a classic look and a lacqeredor galvanised one will impress for longest.
Yet do we call those devout proselytising door knockers, the Mormons or the Witnesses ``extremists''?