Antique Bradley and Hubbard Painted Cast Iron Doorstop Parrot/Parakeet in Ring
Description: Antique cast iron doorstop cast in the form of a parrot or parakeet standing on a perch inside a ring. This painted doorstop was made by Bradley and Hubbard in the early 1900s. It shows a green colored parrot with a reddish-golden head. There are several shades of green, gold, red and purple within the piece. The ring itself is gold in color and is affixed to a heavy green painted base. The base has rubber bumpers on the back, which have been lost over time and only the screws that were holding them with one worn out piece on one of the two spots is left. The piece shows great details of the casting in the features of the parakeet, its feathers, and its claws. The piece is all original retaining quite a bit of its original paint (estimate >~85%). The only issue we see is the piece is soiled and as such its colors are not as vivid as the photos may suggest. The piece also has losses to the paint at the edges with some signs of rust which can be seen in the photos. This is a nice size piece and weighs over seven and a half pounds. See page 97 in John and Nancy Smith's book "The Doorstop Book" published by Schiffer Books of Atglen PA in 2006 for a similar example. Please carefully review the photos presented as they are part and parcel of the description.
Date: Uncertain, but most likely sometime in the early 1900's.
Origin: Purchased at an estate sale in Southeastern Pennsylvania, USA.
Size: Measures ~8" in height, ~6 3/4" with the base measuring ~6 7/8" by ~2 1/2" and ~1 3/8" in height. The doorstop weighs over seven and a half pounds.
Maker: Bradley and Hubbard.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is definitely a nice antique and fairly scarce doorstop. It would make a great addition to your collection.
Condition: This doorstop is in good condition with no breaks or repairs. It is all original and retains quite a bit of its original paint (>~85%). The base has rubber bumpers on the back, which have been lost over time and only the screws that were holding them with one worn out piece on one of the two spots is left. The piece is fairly soiled and as such its colors are not as vivid as the photos may suggest. The piece also has losses to the paint at the edges, on the bottom of the base, and here and there on the parrot. It also shows signs of rust especially on the base and its bottom, which can be seen in the photos. Be that as it may, the piece is beautiful and worthy of a spot in your collection. Please see photo to appreciate the beauty of the doorstop and for additional condition information.
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