Victorian black goat door knocker by Archibald Kendrick & Sons, 1864
Wouldn't this door knocker have caused quite a stir in Victorian England, where one could be sentenced to hard labor in prison for blasphemy?
I suspect not, actually. When this cast iron knocker was made in 1864, the association between black goat imagery and Satanism probably wasn't as strong as it is now. It was only eight years earlier that French occultist Éliphas Lévi published Dogme et Rituel de la Haute Magie, which featured the now-infamous image of the Sabbatic Goat, otherwise known as Baphomet. Lévi's Sabbatic Goat image is probably what solidified the association between black goats and Satanism, though he certainly didn't pull the idea out of thin air.
This sinister-looking knocker was manufactured by Archibald Kendrick & Sons, a company which is still making door hardware today. The company specialized in cast iron from its birth in 1791 up until World War II. The diamond registration mark on the back can be deciphered using this key, and reveals that the piece was made in March of 1864.
The device is in superb antique condition with copious markings demonstrating its authenticity. It still has its original hardware for attaching to a door. The bolt is an M7 hanger bolt with 1.25 mm pitch, if you decide to replace it.
The piece is about 2 3/4" wide and 11" long, weighing just under 2 pounds.