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1. A "GRAINY SURFACE" IS A SIGN of a REPRODUCTION

"Beware if Grainy"

Since Reproductions are made from "Molds made of Sand".
When a molten metal is poured in the mold,
naturally, some of the grains of sand will be
fused in the surface of the casting.

A hundred years of wear has also produced a very
Smooth Surface for the original old Doorstops.

On some forgeries of poor quality you are able
to detect this sand on the surface by gentley
rubbing your hands over the doorstop in question.
You can actually feel the grains of sand or
a roughness on the surface.

Sometines, by Eyesight, you can even detect this surface.

The below Picture is a good example
of a Grainy Surface of a Reproduction.

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 Above taken from this REPRODUCTION


2. "CRUSTY EDGES" ARE a SIGN of a REPRODUCTION

A doorstop mold has 2 halves, one half contains the outline
of the front of the doorstop & the other half, the outline of the doorstop back.
When casting the doorstop, the 2 halves of the mold should come together tightly
enough so that no molten cast iron leaks out between them.

Below are 2 Examples of the same Doorstop, "JENNY LIND"
The reproduction has been cast poorly & cast iron leakage has occurred.

JENNY LIND
The Original
EDGES -- Rounded & Presice
This doorstop was made by Hubley.
Their molds were well made and fit together nicely.


The Reproduction
CRUSTY EDGES
Note the Openings are not well defined.
The edges have a crust where the metal has oozed
out at the interface of the 2 mold halves.


The Original


The Reproduction
CRUSTY EDGES
The Openings under the arms
are so crusty the left side has
completely closed up .

from Hubley's
Old Catalog
verifing that
there are
2 openings


3. MULTI-PIECE REPRODUCTIONS

A. Attaching the Pieces

A Flat Head Screw
is what was used to hold
the old Original pieces together
(rarely Hubley Dogs) used a Bolt

 

If a
"Phillips Head"
Screw
is used
the Doorstop
is a
Reproduction

CAUTION:
Do not take apart multi-piece doorstops if the screw head is painted over.
An undesireable void in the paint will result.

B. The Seams
Edges that do not fit together properly or
leave a gap that is not uniform is a sign of a Reproduction.
Below is a Reproduction of Popeye showing Seams that have too much Gap.
Note- the view on the right shows the two halves do not fit together properly.
 
 
Below are 2 examples of the Way the Seams should Fit
 


C. The Bottom
Some Reproductions try to save money by using less cast iron.
This is usually done on the bottom where it is not seen.
Note the 2 different bottom constructions on Fido doorstops below.

The Reproduction

The Antique Original
 
No 2 piece antique doorstop used a bottom with gaps
like those shown on the above reproduction.
Gaps on the bottom are commonly used on reproductions of Aunt Jemima.