Really nice old solid brass Door Knocker depicting Lady Godiva Godiva and Peeping Tom. This is an early 1900's (Circa 1910) piece that would have been sold as a Souvenir in Coventry or surrounding district. As most early homes in the United Kingdom lacked internal door locks small 'knockers' such as this were in common use. It is in nice condition and measures 4 1/4' in length and 2 1/2" at widest point. Godiva (1040–1067), known as Lady Godiva, was an 11th-century Anglo-Saxon noblewoman who, according to a legend dating back at least to the 13th century, rode naked – only covered in her long hair – through the streets of Coventry in order to gain a remission of the oppressive taxation imposed by her husband on his tenants. The name "Peeping Tom" for a voyeur originates from later versions of this legend in which a man named Tom had watched her ride and was struck blind or dead.
At Molloy's MEGA ANTIQUES CENTRE, Takapuna, Auckland, New Zealand
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