This Brushed Nickel Silver and Polished Chrome Dragonfly Door Knocker was designed by Michael Healy, an accomplished Rhode Island artisan. Nickel Silver is an alloy that has a warm silver color which is attained by adding nickel to bronze. Michael combines a high polished finish with brushed accents to generate a contemporary look. A stainless steel brush on a high speed lathe is used to create the brushed effects. The mirrored finish of polished nickel silver is achieved through varying degrees of sanding and buffing. Michael uses these techniques to highlight or accent the raised areas on a piece. He enjoyed studying the acrobatic flight of dragonflies while fly fishing in the pond near his cottage. On one August morning, Michael found a large dragonfly perched on the front door. The dragonfly eventually flew away but left behind a wonderful idea for Michael Healy's first door knocker design. It has been signed by Michael Healy to confirm it's authenticity.