This impressive big black horse was purchased by my sister in 1962, and has been with her for the past 60 years. She is downsizing now, and it needs a new stable ...hopefully yours !
Our horse is definitely a Hubley door stop (pictured in our Bertoia book). Take a look at our second photo -- what an expression: the sought after "Look of Eagles" of a thoroughbred is wonderfully captured in this sculpture -- a combination of alertness, confidence, pride, interest and strength, along with correct body conformation and muscling ! It is high quality cast iron with greatly detailed, sharply defined features and overall, obviously highly skilled craftsmanship. (You can even see "shoes" on all four feet!!)
CONDITION is extremely good with beautiful "sculpted" details capturing an expressive horse looking attentively at something in the distance. The original screws have not been disturbed. The two halves fit almost seamlessly together with no signs of filing. The only gap (a SMALL area) is on the right cheek (SEE OUR PICTURES). There are no broken or missing pieces, no dents or other damage. The ONLY issue is a manuifacturing defect/mold flaw, a small hole in the right hind hoof (see our last picture please).
SIZE: The horse is 10 inches tall at its ear tip, just under 12 inches total length and approximately 3 inches wide.
IMPORTANT - WOODEN BASE: The horse can stand perfectly on its own, but it is tightly mounted on a solid wood base our father made. This base was cut from a pine plank, 1-1/2 inches thick. (Actually, this was a helpful addition because it protects a door from being damaged bumping the horse, and the horse from being damaged by anything bumping into it.) It is in "original condition" (cleaned but NOT restored, from 1962) : the dark stain is original, with surface scuffs, bumps, tiny edge chips and scuffs from use in my sister's home all these years. It could be cleaned up or painted. If you really want to remove it, two screws on the underside are easy to use to do so.
IMPORTANT - COLOR: Most of the Hubley horse doorstops cast from this mold that we've seen, are painted -- this one is not. It could have escaped paint at the factory. It also is possible that a previous owner removed original paint that had become badly chipped and worn. We have no way to know - it was in this exact same condition when purchased in 1962.
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