Bronze Bird Door Knockers
Historical records show that door knockers were around in Ancient Greece. It is said that Greeks disliked when visitors would enter their premises without announcement or prior warning and even though Spartans would shout their arrival, the Athenians preferred to have something a little less intrusive. During this time, upper class Greeks enslaved slaves whose sole purpose was to answer doors. But instead of a ‘modern’ day butler who was free to roam the house doing other chores, slaves were physically chained and were made to hold a heavy iron bar which was attached to the door by a plate. If a slave had fallen asleep, the visiting guest would strike the door knocker raising the attention of the slave. However, it soon became apparent that the metal bar could be used as a weapon and that was quickly changed to a ring which was mounted to the front door. Throughout the years since the Ancient Greeks, the use of the door knocker has remained the same yet styles and production methods have changed.