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.
POLICE found a stash of stolen brass door knockers in two house searches yesterday morning.
WITH the general election just around the corner I have had my first door knockers coming round and asking me for my vote, but when I asked them what they were going to do about all the "shed" developments going on in my area, they looked at me perplexed and confused that I had asked them something outside of their political briefing.
Buddha box sets, elephant ceramic coin banks, woven bamboo baskets and wooden bird door knockers make a great accent piece.
Four copper cutouts depicting door knockers comprised Eastern Europe and three oversize locks bore the weight of the name Central Africa.
The original Great Treasure Gate paintings reflect Master Lee Sun-Don's continuing fascination with the distinctive door knockers created during the Ming Dynasty that lasted from 1368 to 1644.
Brass animals, beetle nut cutters, tiny prayer bells, and door knockers -- all mostly from India, Nepal and Thailand -- fly off the shelves.
Coordinated hardware refers to door knockers, house numbers, mailboxes and porch lights all matching in color and finish.
He said: "I've always been fascinated by Durham Cathedral and its door knockers.
The few people about were outnumbered by the countless pink ribbons tied to door knockers, railings, fences, trees, lampposts and of course, to the town clock, which has come to symbolise the determination to find April.
Knobs and knocker duty involved polishing the school's old brass door knobs and door knockers.