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SATURDAY, AUGUST 19, 2017 · 5 ANTIQUEDETECTIVE Hold open a spot for these doorstops That cast-iron, figural doorstop that you plan to sell at your next garage sale might deserve a second glance and some research. Vintage cast-iron can be costly, so you had better know if you have a period piece or a reproduction. The most unique and rare examples can fetch several thousand dollars at auction. At a Bertoia auction in Vineland, N.J., a figural “Little Black Sambo” doorstop sold for $3,300. Of course, more common pieces can sell for a couple of hundred dollars or as low as $50 on eBay. Historically, doorstops originated in 18th century England and were known as “door porters.” By the early 19th century, they were made in America. President Andrew Jackson is said to have had figural frog doorstops with the slogan, “I croak for the Jackson wagon,” used during his campaign. After the Civil War, when iron casting techniques became more refined, doorstops became a status symbol for the upper class and many subjects, from animals to ships and houses, became popular. During the 1850s, when trading with Japan began, figures of Buddha were made. CLUES: Reproductions are a big problem. Cast from old molds, they can be recognized by blurred details and bright paint. Experts advise to examine the seams where they are joined. They won’t match exactly. Another tip is that the finish is sometimes bumpy or pebbly where it should be smooth. There were many foundries capitalizing on doorstop popularity in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Among them were Hubley Manufacturing in Lancaster — known for their cast-iron toys —Littlestown Foundry and Albany Foundry in New York. Amakers’ signature adds to the value. During World War I, when scrap iron was melted down for the war, interest in doorstops died, and many were destroyed. Interest was revived in the 1920s and ’30s. At that time, they were offered in Sears catalogs for 50 cents to $2, as well as in gift shops. Most common forms are variations of ships, houses, flower baskets and animals. Sports and human figures and cats with glass eyes are rarities. Do you have an antique item and need more information? For a personal reply, send a photo, along with history, size and any signatures with a self-addressed, stamped envelope and $25 to Anne Gilbert, 1811 Renaissance Commons Blvd., #2319, Boynton Beach, FL, 33426. ByAnne Gilbert Antique Detective BERTOIA AUCTIONS This lighthouse doorstop, modeled after America’s first lighthouse, has a flashing light and sold for $1,440 in an auction. SOUTH BUFFALO TWP - 242 CADOGAN SLATE LICK RD H Country living Mature fruit trees & nature trails Freshly painted Move in condition Covered patio $119,900 Vance Hetrick 724-339-4000 adno=6502590 OPEN SUNDAY 1-4 OPEN SUNDAY 1-4 TARENTUM - 1117 PARK STREET Impeccable condition Lovely 3 bedrm Nicely fnshd 3rd flr Fnshd lower lvl garerm w/full bath $129,900 Karen Mandak 724-339-4000 OPEN SUNDAY 1-4 UPPER BURRELL - 715 LOWER DRENNEN ★Gleaming HW flrs Spacious EIK w/center island Fnshd LL w/stone fireplace &wet bar 1st flr office/den $489,000 Leigh Thomas Harbison & Suzanne Petrak 724-339-4000 OPEN SUNDAY 11-1 WASHINGTON TWP - 15 DONNA DRIVE H M$ Gorgeous 3br 2.5ba home on 2.8 acres Updated kit 3 car gar Many extra’s Ready to move in Amust see $450,000 Jamie Conklin 724-842- 2200 OPEN SATURDAY 1-4 GREENFIELD - 930 KENNEBEC ST Well maintained 3 bedrm complete w/a bonus rm off of kit Lvl backyard spacious & fenced $219,900 Jamie McLaughlin 724-339-4000 OPEN SATURDAY 11-1 LOWER BURRELL - 3152 KIPP AVE. H N Solid br w/free gas Mother-in-law suite Lovely setting Amazing master with private covered porch $150,000 Emily Chobanian 724-842-2200


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