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Title: Doorstop
Identifier: 979.6.489
Donor: Geoffrey Sayers
Item Date: 1915-1930
Creation Date: 2011
Location: Benares Historic House

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Description: A metal doorstop with a rose motif. The doorstop has a beige base with a spray of yellow, pink and blue flowers in a vase with black details.

Doorstops were used to keep doors from being blown shut and to ensure good circulation of air. Original doorstops would have been accessible items like furniture or stones. Doorstops as decorative items appear in Europe in the 1700ís but did not become widespread until the early nineteenth century. Decorative metal doorstops proved to be popular and profitable and were produced by British foundries in the shapes of flowers, figures and animals. After the Civil War doorstops also began being produced in America though in a smaller size and weight. Doorstops reached the height of popularity in North America in the 1920ís and early 1930ís when they were considered a popular and inexpensive way to decorate a house. Coordinated sets of cast iron accessories could be purchased and would include doorstops as well as bookends, doorknockers, shade pulls, etc. Decorative themes included Art Deco, animals, circus figures, golf, nursery rhymes and wildlife. Popularity waned towards the end of the 1930ís and the need for raw metal during World War II led to the decline of doorstop production. By the 1950ís the introduction of air conditioning had made doorstops unnecessary. "Collecting Doorstops" by John C. and Nancy M. Smith
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