Vintage Cast Iron Doorstop Beautiful Colorful Flowers French Basket By Hubley
Description: An antique cast iron doorstop cast in the form of a tall wicker basket having a braided handle with a bow on top. The basket is full of colorful flowers. The flowers are colored in red, pink, gray, and blue. The entire piece still retains most of its original paint with minimum losses on the high points of the flowers. The gold colored basket has a black semispherical shaped base. It has a looped handle showing a braided branch design on top with a bow above it all. The back is colored in a gold color. Just a beautiful piece. See page 62 in John and Nancy Smith's book "The Doorstop Book: An Encyclopedia of Doorstop Collecting Published by Schiffer Books of Atglen, PA in 2006 for a similar example. The piece is also shown in Jeanne Bertoia's Book "Doorstops: Identification & Values" Published by Collector Books of Paducah, KY in 1985 for a similar doorstop. Both references call the door stop French basket and give it dimensions of 11" and 6 3/4" and indicate the doorstop was made by Hubley. This particular doorstop is a bit smaller in dimensions measuring only 10 3/4" and 6 3/8", which could be an indication that this piece is a vintage reproduction. Please carefully review the photos as they are part and parcel of the description.
Date: Uncertain, but most likely early to mid 20th century.
Origin: Purchased at an estate auction in Southeastern, Pennsylvania, USA.
Size: Measures ~10 3/4" in height, ~6 3/8" at its widest, and the base measures ~5 1/2" by and ~2 1/8". The doorstop weighs over 4 pounds and 10 ounces.
Maker: Uncertain but possibly Hubley.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is definitely a nice old doorstop. It weighs over 4 pounds and 10 ounces and retains most of its paint and vivid colors. A beautiful piece which would display very well.
Condition: This doorstop is in very good condition with no breaks or repairs. It does have some rust especially on the bottom of the base. It retains most of its paint (about 90% or more) with minimum losses, which are concentrated on the high points of the flowers and can be seen in the photos. The piece is a bit soiled, and would probably benefit from a good cleaning to bring it to its full beauty. The piece may have been repainted sometime in its life. The only issue we notice is the fact that the size of the piece does not match the size listed in the references and is a bit smaller in general possibly making it a vintage reproduction. As such we are selling the piece "AS IS" at a low price. However, this does not distract from the piece's beauty. Please see photo to appreciate the condition of the doorstop.