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Judith Flanders tells us that "there was a recognised hierarchy of door knocks" in London and quotes the German journalist Max Schlesinger who wrote "The postman give two loud raps in quick succession; and for the visitor a gentle but peremptory tremelo is de rigueur. The master of the house gives a tremolo crescendo, and the servant announces his master, turns the knocker into a battering ram…Tradesmen on the other hand…are not allowed to touch the knocker - they ring a bell"

Reference Judith Flanders, The Victorian City: Everyday life in Dicken's London (New York, Thomas Dunn Books, 2014) p86

 

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