Antique Cast Iron Doorstop Full Figure French Bulldog By Hubley or National Foundry
Description: Antique cast iron doorstop cast in the form of a full figured French Bulldog. The bulldog is sitting on its hind legs and having its front legs straight. The dog's head is tilted sideways to its right and upwards. Its ears are perked-up. It is wearing a collar and has a red colored mouth. The dog is tan colored with black colored highlights in the head, the back, and the hind rump. The details of the dog's face are very well cast so you can see its eyes, and mouth. Look at the wrinkles around the eyes. The door stop is made of two parts held together with a screw. The screw appears not to have been unscrewed in the past and we decided not to try to unscrew it to verify the existence of marks on the inside. The piece is all original with quite a bit of its original paint remaining but having some losses to the paint as well as signs of leathering of the paint. This is a nice size piece and weighs about 4 pounds and 13 ounces. Please see John and Nancy Smith's book "The Doorstop Book: An Encyclopedia of Doorstop Collecting" Published by Schieffer Books, Atglen, PA in 2006, page 132 for a similar example. Please view photos as they are part and parcel of the description.
Date: Early to mid 1900's.
Origin: Purchased in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA.
Size: Measures ~7 3/4" in height, 8" in length from the end of the tail to the cheek, and the base measures 7" by and 4 1/4". The doorstop weighs almost 4 pounds and 13 ounces.
Maker: Uncertain could be Hubley or National Foundry.
Marks: Unmarked on the outside.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is definitely a nice antique doorstop. It weighs almost 5 pounds and has quite a bit of its original paint.
Condition: This doorstop is in excellent condition with no breaks or repairs. It is all original and retains quite a bit of its original paint (~70%25). It does have paint losses especially on the back, the rump, the paws, and the face. In addition, the paint has leathered and has a fine crazing which makes it easy to flake off. 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.