The Boxer Dog Knocker was designed by Michael Healy, an accomplished Rhode Island artisan known for his Unique Door Knockers. Michael has always enjoyed the company of dogs. His parents bought him his first dog, Champ, when he was ten years old. As a Boxer, Champ was a member of a unique lineage. The Boxer’s most ancient ancestor, the Molossian dog, was used by the ancient Assyrians as a war dog as far back as 2000 BC. After centuries of breeding, the modern Boxer was used as a German police dog. When it was introduced in the United States in the early 20th century, the Boxer became an American household favorite, known for its intelligence and strength. Champ certainly exemplified these noble qualities and was Michael’s favorite childhood companion. Brass and bronze are copper-based alloys. The yellow brass alloy used in many of Michael's designs contains 70% copper and produces a warm, traditional brass look. Red bronze contains almost 85% copper. This additional copper content gives the bronze alloy its rich, reddish undertone. The mirrored finish of polished brass and polished bronze is achieved through varying degrees of sanding and buffing. Michael uses these techniques to highlight or accent the raised areas on a piece.
- Hand crafted
- Mounting hardware included
- Surface mount
- Realistically sculpted design captures the essence of your favorite breed
- Dog paw ringer to accompany your unique dog knocker