This pair of setter dogs is an early 1900s Hubley set of bookends (or door stops -- each is heavy enough to hold any household door!) . Although many of these sets were painted (usually black and white) this pair is not. We believe they are bronze because of the weight and color, but we are not metal experts and it's possible they could be brass. Either way they are a terrific find. They appear to be solid figurines, not hollow.
What an example of the "best" kind of antique -- you can USE it without damaging it!
The realism of the sculpting is breathtaking - perfect proportions, correct body structure and even correctly mid-length "coat" ! Alert and assertively frozen "on point" they are fine sporting dogs, intimidating a grouse or pheasant from flying until their master can get closer.
SIZE is just under 8 inches long from nose to tail tip, and just under 5 inches tall from tabletop to the top of the head.
EACH dog weighs an amazing 3.25 pounds - !
CONDITION is extremely nice with wonderful old patina. They are wonderfully finished with only minimal signs of factory filing. There are NO cracks, splits, metal issues or repairs. IMPORTANT: Dog "B" has a factory flow - a deep indentation just above the right elbow on its front leg, which you can see in the pictures. There is a thin, small spot of green tarnish there. This is not immediately noticeable. ALSO: The heads and face features on both dogs are worn from being rubbed over time - Dog "B" shows more wear than Dog "A."
There is no felt on the bottom of either base and no sign of there ever being felt attached.
A fantastic gift for a sporting dog lover or addition to any early Hubley or figural doorstop collection.
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