Tuesday, February 16, 2016

New England Style Door Knockers

New England Style Door Knockers

During my travels, I am always on the hunt for antique homes.  It is one of those childhood passions that has stayed with me for over half a century (ugh, did I just admit that out loud).

While looking at and absorbing the design of a home, I also have an affinity for the smaller details.  The details that add character, charm, and a personalized touch to each home such as window boxes, lanterns, the number of panes in a window, down to one of the smallest accessories.... the door knocker. Something so small holds a very important role on each home and the reason one is added may be different for each homeowner.  It gives audible notice to someone awaiting entry, it's a decorative and personalized nod to the geographical area or passion of the homeowner, and some believe the scary faces of people and animals warded off evil spirits.

On this colonial home, in Newport, Rhode Island, the door knocker is super simple in style.




On many of the other homes, classic brass door knockers were used.




This door knocker adorns the Longfellow Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA and is the oldest continuously run inn in the country.  In 1896,  Edward Rivers Lemon purchased the property and at some point after that added his own personal touch.  When Ben and I are sipping cocktails out on the brick patio, I can't help but wonder how many patrons have noticed this little treasure.   I was actually surprised to find such a similar style to share with you below.

 
On Beacon Hill, in Boston, Massachusetts, this brass door knocker is simple yet elegant in style.