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    Posted 4 years ago

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    Hello CW friends!!

    Another cast iron rabbit doorstop that I acquired this year. It's referred to in The Doorstop Book as "Sitting Up Rabbit" . He's a one piece design and hollow. I know he really doesn't appear to be anything special, but these are really rare to come by, so when I found this one I bought it right away. I've not been able to find out which foundry cast this rabbit. It's from the early 1900's and still retains most of it's original paint.

    This one measures 9 1/4" tall and weighs nearly 6 lbs.

    Thanks for stopping in for a look!


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    1. MALKEY MALKEY, 4 years ago
      i love them there so adorable you seem to find special ones good on you and wish you well with your further exploits for treasure !!!!!!!! Scott
    2. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks MALKEY!! So glad you appreciate this doorstop. I'm always watching out for hard to find doorstops when I'm out treasure hunting.
    3. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks for the loves and for stopping in
    4. TassieDevil TassieDevil, 4 years ago
      Oh, I love this one Scott....he is really cute! You do find special ones.....the only ones I see here are really gaudy reproductions! Well done to you :-)
    5. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks Judy!! He definitely is one of my special ones.
    6. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks Ken!!
    7. roddyq roddyq, 4 years ago
      The diamond in the ruff comes with knowing by experience what you are looking at Scotty. Great find for you!!
    8. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks friend!! Years ago, I would have never taken a second glance at this one. But, over the years you sort of develop an eye for them. Thanks again!
    9. Rick55 Rick55, 4 years ago
      Very nice Scott! At almost 10" tall and weighing 6 pounds I don't think any doors gonna get by this guy :)
    10. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks Rick!!! LOL, this one is retired from holding open doors. He's on display in my home.
    11. fortapache fortapache, 4 years ago
      He does look like a very nice rabbit. Would be good in the yard or home.
    12. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks fortapache!
    13. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      He is such a lovely fella Scott! Well done finding him.
    14. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks Karen!!
      I actually didn't realize he still retained original paint until I cleaned nearly 100 years of dirt and grime off him. I guess all that dirt and grime had been protecting his original finish all these years.
    15. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks to everyone for the loves and for stopping by

    16. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 4 years ago
      I only have one rabbit thus far...but I'm working on it!
    17. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      You'll find more, I'm certain of it. My advise is to take your time and choose wisely. There are a lot of reproductions out there that are sold as vintage or antique and most are way overpriced. You can usually spot a reproduction, as most are very poorly cast and the paint is far too shiny. With that being said, reproductions are still fun to collect.
    18. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks for the appreciation and for stopping in.
    19. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks very much for the love and for stopping by.
    20. Hamish Hamish, 4 years ago
      Being passionate about wildlife I do like these as there are so many different animals cast into door stops, but it's not something I have thought about in the world of collecting. How long have they been making these? And is the shiney paint a giveaway, although there will be instances of older ones being repainted so would be difficult to tell without more knowledge.
    21. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Hi Hamish,
      Over the years, I've learned quite a bit about collecting the figurative doorstops. Cast iron doorstops date back to the 1800's. The casting from then up into the 1930's typically had a smooth finish. Also, if they were a two piece design and held together with screws (sometimes bolts) the two halves fit together nearly perfect with nice tight seams. Also, most had flat head slotted screws that were most often concealed with a type of spackle before painting took place. The reproductions are usually exposed and many have a Phillips head screw vs. a slotted flat head screw.
      The reproductions, that we see so many of today, have a visually rough finish and typically the paint is shiny. If a reproduction is a two piece design, the two halves are crudely put together and the seams do not match up well, leaving a lot of open gaps in the seams.
      However, the makers of reproductions have became very good and can sometimes fool you until you have a really close look at them. They are nowhere near the quality of the originals from the late 1800's thru early 1900's. With that being said, reproductions can be a tremendous amount of fun to collect. After all, one day they too will be vintage and may be collector's items. Hope this gives you a better insight.
    22. shareurpassion shareurpassion, 4 years ago
      I think he's perfect! And I had no idea there was ever a "door stop" book! Too cool.
    23. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Thanks so very much!! Yep, there's an official doorstop book. In fact, I've found there a book for nearly everything collectible:)
    24. Hamish Hamish, 4 years ago
      Thanks for all that Information, brilliant. I had a look on the internet and there are sooooo many antique door stops, who knew?!! Some of them are rather fab, the Fish made ones are great, as are some of the animals
    25. jscott0363 jscott0363, 4 years ago
      Hi Hamish!
      If you'd like a bit more insight on doorstops and the values, there is a book titled "The Doorstop Book" which is full of wonderful information.
    26. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
      Many thanks to you all for the loves, comments and for stopping in!!!
    27. fhrjr2 fhrjr2, 2 years ago
      Have you had a close look in his ears? Under and around his arms? Albany was well know for putting their marks in those locations. I would doubt it being Hubley, B&H or National because of the dimension and weight. Also if he is hollow shine a flashlight up inside and or use a small dental mirror inside to look for a maker or foundry mark. Not all are marked but it pays to look in every nook and cranny possible. As I recall we discussed one of your dogs and you located the Albany letters in his ear a month or so ago. Thanks for sharing him with us.
    28. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
      Thanks very much fhrjr2!! I've got this one packed away in a trunk somewhere. The next time I drop by our climate controlled storage I'll try and find him and do some closer inspecting.
    29. Ms.CrystalShip Ms.CrystalShip, 2 years ago
      He’s a wonderful rabbit!( too big to be called a bunny) At first glance he seems very special, sitting up with pointed ears, perhaps listening to the sounds of the forest. Really! He is that life-like!
      Quite the remarkable rabbit....
    30. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 years ago
      Thanks Eileen!! He's probably my rarest cast iron rabbit. I've yet to come across another one like him over the years.
    31. CollectTim, 2 months ago
      I have the exact same standup rabbit I got from my grandmother. Can you tell me an approximate value range? Your is the only other one I’ve seen in my searches. Thanks, Tim
    32. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 months ago
      Hi Tim!
      You have one VERY rare doorstop!! I've only seen two of these in 15 years, counting this one. In regards to value, unfortunately, CollectorsWeekly has a rule that prohibits any of us members from giving out values. However, if you'll click on the "Appraisal" tab above, the CW appraisers will be happy to give you an approximate value.
    33. jscott0363 jscott0363, 2 months ago
      Thank you all very much for the loves, comments and for stopping in!!

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