Vintage Sturbridge Style Cast Iron 4 Arm Chandelier Made in the U.S.A. Vintage Sturbridge Style…
PRESENTING a really RARE and UNIQUE ancient piece, namely, a 17C Iron Horse Door Knocker.
We are of the opinion that this was made in the 17th Century (or earlier) due to the design, method of manufacture and natural patina. Possibly circa 1600-50.
We are of the opinion that this was made in the Colonial US by a skilled early American craftsman.
It looks very similar in shape and design to Greco-Roman depictions of horses.
The horse has a full mane and indentations to simulate hair on its body. It has it’s full tail and is perfectly intact in ORIGINAL condition.
It attaches to a door by virtue of a ring and pin. The pin is clearly of 17th Century or earlier conmstruction.
The horse’s front feet rest on an iron button with is then used for knocking by banging the horse gently on the metal button. The button has an iron rosette for attaching to a door.
The knocker is mounted on a block of plain wood for display.
The Thirteen Colonies, also known as the Thirteen British Colonies or the Thirteen American Colonies, were a group of British colonies on the Atlantic coast of America founded in the 17th and 18th centuries which declared independence in 1776 and formed the United States of America. The Thirteen Colonies had very similar political, constitutional, and legal systems and were dominated by Protestant English-speakers. They were part of Britain’s possessions in the New World, which also included colonies in Canada, the Caribbean, and Florida.
Between 1625 and 1775, the colonial population grew from roughly 2,000 to 2.4 million, displacing American Indians. This population included people subject to a system of slavery which was legal in all of the colonies prior to the American Revolutionary War. In the 18th century, the British government operated its colonies under a policy of mercantilism, in which the central government administered its possessions for the economic benefit of the mother country.
The Thirteen Colonies had a high degree of self-governance and active local elections, and they resisted London’s demands for more control. The French and Indian War (1754–63) against France and its Indian allies led to growing tensions between Britain and the Thirteen Colonies. In the 1750s, the colonies began collaborating with one another instead of dealing directly with Britain. These inter-colonial activities cultivated a sense of shared American identity and led to calls for protection of the colonists’ “Rights as Englishmen“, especially the principle of “no taxation without representation“. Grievances with the British government led to the American Revolution, in which the colonies collaborated in forming the Continental Congress. The colonists fought the American Revolutionary War (1775–83) with the aid of France and, to a significantly smaller degree, the Dutch Republic and Spain.
17C Iron Horse Door Knocker.
Provenance: From a Private Collection from New England.
Dimensions: 7″ Wide, 4.5″ Tall and 2″ Deep
Condition: Near Mint.