Antique Cast Iron Doorstop Sitting Gray and White Persian Cat By Hubley No. 802
Description: A very nice antique cast iron doorstop. The doorstop is cast in the form of a sitting Persian cat. The cat is sitting on his hind legs with his tail laying towards his front legs. The cat is looking sideways and has wide eyes with black pupils. The cat's body shows details of its fur and is painted in an off-white color (could be white and got soiled) with gray highlights. The cat's ears are colored in pink as does his nose (only a little it of color is left on the nose). The doorstop is made of two pieces joined together with two long screws the heads of which are covered with the external paint. The casting and the painting are very well done and show great details of the cat's fur, paws, eyes, and mouth. The piece is marked on the inside on both halves with the word "HUBLEY" and has the number 802. Please see page 118 of John and Nancy Smith's book "The Doorstop Book; An Encyclopedia of Doorstop Collecting" published in 2006 by Schiffer Publishing Ltd of Atglen PA for a similar example. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of the description.
Date: Uncertain but most likely late 19th or early 20th century.
Origin: Purchased at an estate auction in Southeastern, Pennsylvania, USA. Made by Hubley in Lancaster Pennsylvania.
Size: Measures ~9" in height with the base measuring ~6 1/4" by ~4 1/4". The piece weighs slightly over 5 pounds and 4 ounces.
Marks: Marked of the inside on both halves with the word "HUBLEY" and the number 802 both stamped into the cast iron.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a nice old doorstop weighing over 5 pounds and is in excellent condition. A beautiful piece which would display very well in your collection of doorstops.
Condition: This doorstop is in very good condition with no breaks or repairs. It retains quite a bit of its original paint with some losses (estimated at better than 85%). Most of the paint losses are around the bottom and on the face especially the nose. The colors are a bit soiled and have grayed with age. The piece is soiled but still looks great. It does have some rust signs to the surface mostly on the inside, which can be seen in the photos. Be that as it may, the piece is just great looking and would display very well. Please see photos for additional condition information.
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