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Door knocker

Object Number: 
1936.486
Date: 
1800-1820
Medium: 
Brass
Dimensions: 
Overall: 8 1/2 x 4 7/8 x 1 1/2 in. ( 21.6 x 12.4 x 3.8 cm )
Marks: 
engraved: on medallion between two sphinxes: "Dod" engraved: on rectangular plate: " SAM: BAYARD"
Description: 
Brass door knocker; u-shaped acanthus leaf and fluted handle; beaded acanthus leaf plate with pair of sphinxes and beaded and engraved medallion above name plate.
Gallery Label: 
The knocker came from the London home of Samuel Bayard (1767-1840), who was appointed by George Washington in 1794 to act as an agent for the U.S. in prosecuting U.S. claims before the British Admiralty courts following the ramification of Jay's Treaty. The donor's father (Samuel Bayard Dod) was the grandson of Samuel Bayard.
Credit Line: 
Gift of Miss Isabel G. Dod
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group