Cast Iron Boston Terrier Doorstop in the Style of Hubley c.1940



This is an original cast iron Boston Terrier doorstop in the style of the Hubley Manufacturing Company in Lancaster Pennsylvania USA. The piece has retained its original hand painted finish and is in excellent condition with the appropriate patina for its age. 

  • CREATOR Unknown
  • MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Hand pained, cast Iron
  • CONDITION Excellent. Wear consistent with age and use.
  • DIMENSIONS H 9.75 in. x W 9.5 in. x D 4 in.


In the casting process, metalworkers would carve out a wooden form or hammer the design out in metal. The form was then pressed into finely compacted sand, making an impression, and the cast iron was heated to 3000 degrees which was then poured into the sand mold.

In the decorating department, painters applied a base coat of white, cream or black to the piece and colorists used a variety of hues to achieve defining features. Many items bear identical color schemes, suggesting that decorators may have copied a model finished by a master artisan.

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