Here is a pretty antique Albany doorstop made of really substantial cast iron.
This is one of those great finds that will make a great addition to a shabby chic den or even the most eclectic collection.
This piece was made by the Albany Foundry Co., a company who was in operation for a relatively short period of time (1897-1932).
They specialized in doorstops but manufactured a wide array of undecorated cast-iron items that could be custom ordered with special colors or designs.
A number "3" is impressed into the reverse of this doorstop (a mark used by the Albany Foundry to denote this specific style).
The doorstop depicts a basket full of fresh flowers. Daisies, tulips, roses and other sweet blooms are arranged in a tall, woven basket.
The doorstop is nicely painted. Each flower is painted in a different color while each leaf is painted in soft shades of green.
Even the "weave" on the basket is given a great sense of dimension with shades of olive and mint green.
As you can see, the basket sits on top of a tiered base which is also painted with a rich olive colored green.
The reverse of the piece is completely flat so that it can stand evenly against a door.
The doorstop shows a fair amount of expected wear and some paint loss lending itself to its authenticity.
It remains in good structural condition.
As expected, the top of the basket has more wear than the bottom as this was where it would have been handled to move from place to place.
It has great personality and it is an Albany piece that has some of the better preserved original paint. ,
Measurements: 8 ¼" tall, 5 ¼" wide, Base is 4 3/8" wide and 1 5/8" deep (front to back) Weight: 3 lbs., 13 oz.
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