June 2015

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Courtesy of The Prime Minister's Office


Three loud raps of a heavy, brass doorknocker—it’s a familiar experience for those calling on Charleston’s handsome homes where many eschew the modern convenience of an electric buzzer for the courtly arrival a knocker gives. The door knocker itself is an accessory of necessity whose origins appear to date back to Ancient Greece where—according to Sterling Dow, a leading 20th century American scholar on Ancient Greek history—servants charged with answering the door were chained to a metal ring. This ring, which was sometimes plain and sometimes decorative, eventually evolved into a knocker in its own right.

A variety of materials and styles have come and gone in popularity as a consequence of fashion, practicality, and belief systems. During the

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