Topsy is a ragamuffin young slave girl from the bookUncle Tom's Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe.
The book opens with a Kentucky farmer (facing the loss of his farm because of debts)
sells Uncle Tom and another slave who eventfully wind up owned by Simon Legree
Legree eventfully orders his overseers to kill Tom.
As Tom is dying, he forgives the overseers who savagely beat him.
In the story, Topsy was the blackest little pickaninny girl.
She was eight or nine years old.
"Uncle Tom's Cabin," a book that had much to do with freeing the slaves
President Lincoln supposedly said, upon meeting Stowe (the author) in 1862,
"So you're the little woman who wrote the book that caused this great war."
This particular doostop sold for $1.00 in 1927.
A typical sales method of some foundries was to advertise in general merchandise catalogs.
Bradley & Hubbard even had a showroom in New York City.
Bulter Brothers on Broadway of New York City sold general merchandise thru their catalog.
In this catalog, this doorstop was advertised.
To See a catalog page 135 from their December 1927 Catalog -- Click on Picture Ad1 on left side
To See this doorstop on that page -- Click on Picture Ad2 on left side