I discovered vintage cottage doorstops while browsing in a local antique shop.
Cottage doorstops call to me whenever I see them in shops or at auction. I want to snap them up because they have such great color and detail and because, naturally, I adore houses. There’s no accounting for our attraction to certain objects. Back before the days of air conditioning, these enameled cast iron ornaments made by Hubley and other early 20th century companies had a practical purpose — keeping doors open. Today, they are wonderful collectibles, I think. My particular favorites are the cottages from the 1920s through the 1940s like the sweet yellow-roof house [top] with green shutters, climbing roses and a white picket fence. Picket fences were a significant feature. This doorstop is a type made by two companies around 1940. It appears to be Hubley’s #211 and National’s #150. It weighs nearly four pounds and comes with variations in the color of the walkway and flowers mainly.
This saltbox style has a slate roof but no picket fence. The doorway has some detailing and the flowers in the front of the house are quite elaborate. One source for information on these doorstops is doorstops.com where this shows up as an Albany Foundry design #124 and as National Foundry design #90. The doorstops from both foundries date to the 1920s. It weights slightly more than five pounds.
And I always imagine this red-tile roof cottage as Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother’s house. But it appears to be a variation on the first cottage, above. Variations in the coloring may be due to the way the doorstops were painted by the foundries. However, according to doorstops.com, they also were sold as kits that allowed people to paint there own. Several years ago prices for stamped and numbered cottage doorstops in good condition had escalated. Today, a sharp-eyed collector could build a sturdy little neighborhood of cottage doorstops at affordable prices.
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