Masonic door knocker featuring a sleeved hand holding a gavel, hinged at the top to knock on backplate formed as a Masonic square and compass symbol. Has five screw holes, as issued, for mounting on a door, probably of a Masonic lodge. Impressed twice with casting foundry name. The square and compass is the most universal symbol of Freemasonry.
New Star Brass & Bronze Works is still in existence, at 178 Stockholm Street in Brooklyn. They are now a custom fabricator and installer of metal railings.
Full manufacturing information: New Star Brass & Bronze Works, 251-4th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York.
Condition: Generally very good, with the usual wear. Formerly nickel plated with remnants of old plating.