This fellow is one of "the other" Hubley horse doorstops. Examples of both are shown in the same photo in our Bertoia doorstop book. Our horse is slightly smaller and older; the other is noticeably larger and more commonly found.
This horse is an excellent example of early Hubley castings. He (yes, he is a stallion) is all original, and began life as a dark bay (brown with black mane and tail) and several white socks. The colors have age darkened, and there is significant chipping, but the iron has darkened so much underneath that the flaking is not violently noticeable.
At approximately 7-1/2 inches tall, our horse stands squarely on all four hooves. The sculptor depicted a sound, well built animal with fine, balanced body conformation. His longer body and graceful neck, with a sensitive head and expression suggest a Thoroughbred. The seams are all very tight and the original screw holding both halves together appears to have never been opened.
Weighing about three pounds, he's the perfect size to have on the floor holding a door, or just standing on a display shelf being a very attractive figurine.
We see the larger Hubley horses often, but only a few of this model and most are in poor condition. He's looking for a "forever stable" - a fine gift for any equine lover and the best kind of antique -- actually useful around the house!
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