Antique Brass ‘Trusty Servant’ Door Knocker.
The door knocker depicting a hircocervus is show in extraordinary detail.
A hircocervus is depicted in a wall-painting called The Trusty Servant, painted by John Hoskins in 1579, dating from the 1580s. It hangs outside the kitchen of Winchester College in Hampshire. It is a figure, part man, part porker, part deer, and part donkey; with a padlock on his mouth, and various other symbols in his hands and about his person, the whole signifying a most valuable character.