Vintage Cast Iron Doorstop Colorful Cat with Blue Bow Sitting Up on Pink Pillow
Description: A very nice and rather uncommon vintage cast iron doorstop. The doorstop is cast in the form of colorful cat sitting up on a pink colored pillow. The cat is white in color with yellow eyes having dark pupils. The cat's ears are perked up and have a pink interior. He has a blue bow around its neck and shows black whiskers around its mouth. The doorstop has a flat base and shows the details of the pillow including a rope along its edge. The casting is nicely done and shows details of the cat's fur, eyes, mouth, tail next to its body, legs and paws. The back of the piece is painted in off white and is fairly soiled and displays no markings that we could find. This is a rather heavy doorstop given its size, it weighs over 5 pounds against a height of ~8 1/2." The bottom of the base is is flat and is half oval in shape. A beautiful and rather rare doorstop worthy of a spot in your collection. 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 Southern New Jersey, USA.
Size: Measures ~8 1/2" in height with the base measuring ~6 1/8" by ~2". The piece weighs over 5 pounds and 1 ounce.
Maker: Uncertain. However, our research suggests that a The Connecticut Foundry made similar doorstops, but a bit smaller, in 1929.
Distinguishing Characteristics - Most Interesting About The Piece: This is a nice and uncommon old doorstop. It weighs over 5 pounds and is in great condition with minimum losses to its beautiful coloring. 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 coloring (estimated > 85%25) with some wear and loss of coloring, especially at the edge of the pillow, around the eyes, and at the high points of the cat's fur. However, its colors are still vivid and beautiful. The bottom of the base shows some soiling, spots of rust, and wear. There are also a few minor spots of rust which are seen on the body in general, but nothing of concern. All of these issues do not distract from the piece's beauty and quality. Please see photo for additional condition information.