Antique Heavy Iron Lion Door Knocker, Spanish Colonial Home Oaxaca Mexico, Architectural Salvage

$404.10 $449.00

This medium-sized lion door knocker came from a Spanish Colonial home in Oaxaca, Mexico, and it is a fabulous icon of Mexican and Spanish culture: the LEON or LION. The knocker has the number 127--presumably the house number--on the bottom right part of the knocker. Lion door knockers were common throughout Europe--especially Britain, but found in other countries as well--in the 1700s and 1800s. From an article about these old lion door knockers: "The quintessential door knocker in Georgian architecture is the brass lion head with a large brass ring gripped in its mouth. It has been used as a symbol of Great Britain for centuries... You can go to any part of London and you will come across Victorian or Georgian housing still with their original door furniture. Very often the door furniture will include a brass lion head door knocker. ... For the visitor it is their first contact with the house and a way of communicating their arrival by lifting the knocker and rapping it smartly against its back plate. The back plate to a lion head knocker is the lion’s head." The article goes on to describe how a mold would have been carved from weood for each lion door knocker, ion head pattern out of wood, which itself would take much time. Then molten iron, in this case, would be poured into the mold and left to cool and solidify. Once cold, the knocker could be extracted and filed and sanded. One can find "antiqued" lion door knockers today, but the authentic lion's head was a icon, found on items such as planter handles and tea services and many other items. I want to make very clear that this door knocker is NOT a reproduction "in the style of" but rather an actual piece of hardware, most likely from the first half of the 1800s. And if you walk through the streets of any Colonial Mexican city, you will see door knockers as wonderful as this one all over, still welcoming visitors and protecting homes.

The door knocker measures about 4" wide by about 6-5/8" long and about 1" deep. It is neither super big nor really small. Weighs 1.10 pounds. Some wear from age, a touch of verdigris, yet in very good condition.

The ultimate protector of your home--a regal lion!

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