A lovely tradition in Portugal is, that (nearly) every house has a knocker or a pair of knockers at the entrance door. The modern ones are pretty poor in their variability, but the old ones show many different types, and within the types variations in shape, design and ornaments.
The state of the knockers represents often the state of the door and even of the whole house. There might be colour missing or even rust coming out, or, by the regular use, the metal shining in the sunlight. We don't care about the state, we are only interested in the differences of the knockers.
Preparing this side, we found, that we have too many, to show them all in one go, so we decided to start with the ones we found in Évora (Alentejo). They will be replaced by the time by knockers from other places.
The original form is represented by the hammer knockers. Only little ornaments appear, sometimes there is even no metal plate, so the knocker hits the door directly.
The figurative knockers have animal, human or mystic figures on the plate or even on the striker itself.
A special section of the figurative knockers are the ones with a hand as a striker. The hand usually holds a ball to give weight to the striker.
Some of the differences are: A ring on one finger or not, on which finger is the ring, the form of the sleeves, the ornaments on the plate...
The third main form are the rings. Although we find sometimes, that the frontiers between figurative and ring form are fluid, we show you here some examples, that are clearly ring knockers.