This is the hardest to find of the old bulldogs. This super rare and ultra collectible model is approximately 10" tall, 10" long, and 4 ½" wide. The paint is absolutely original with a fabulous patina(has crazing). The screws are sealed in the original paint, its seams are tight and true. Great artistic details including Left facing (Very rare), wonderful body stance, large head, great eyes, mouth, two tone color, tight seams. A little history so you know you are getting an original not a reproduction. The oldest cast iron Boston Terrier or Bulldog door stops were cast by craftsmen who took pride in soft edges, grinding them down if needed so they were smooth to the touch around the feet, ears and where the seems meet. Most old doorstops were painted on the body by airbrush, so there is almost always an overlap of paint where brown meets cream or black meets white, depending on the dog's color. The screw or screws that hold the dog together should be a larger flat-head screw, recessed into the side of the left side body (rib area with one screw or if there are two screws, neck and flank). A guarantee of newness is a phillips-head screw similar to decking screws, rough metal edges that have no grinding marks anywhere on the body and the look of new hand painted colors. The oldest Boston Terrier dogs were produced in the late 1800's as fairly thin dogs with strong rib cage definition and some definition lines inside the ears. Early dogs were supposed to stand flat, have smoothly ground edges and look realistic as possible with detail in the body including leg muscles, ribs and facial features. The majority of Boston Terrier Bulldog doorstops looked or faced right if you're standing behind them, but a select few, probably less than 10%, were produced facing left. Those also have the screw or screws in the left side of the body. Left facing Boston Terrier Doorstops are the rarest of their breed . Originals are heavy, weighing in at 5-8 pounds each and there are three sizes. The smaller bank-size that was also used as a cigar lighter that is about 5-inches long, the mid-size that is about 8-inches long and the largest Boston Terriers that measure almost 10 inches long and tall. This item meets all the criteria for the 1800's bulldog.
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