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There's some discrepancy concerning the vintage of the presented Detroit Tigers cast iron figural doorstop. Of the small handful that have sold in the last decade -- one at Legendary, a couple at Hunt (one most recently for $1,686), and a couple on eBay -- the stated year of issue has ranged from circa 1930s to 1950s, and some have also referred to it as a bookend rather than a doorstop. Considering the fact that we've never seen them offered in a pair, like most bookends, and also the fact that at just over three pounds it might be too heavy for some bookshelves, we can rule out the idea that it originated as a bookend (but if you want to use it as such, just be sure your shelves are strong enough). As far as its period of manufacture, I'd argue that it preceded World War II, based almost entirely on its scarcity. During WWII, any scrap metal that wasn't essential to daily life was gathered for the war effort, and if a brick or a rock from the garden could just as easily prop a door open in the days before air conditioning, these heavy chunks of iron didn't stand a chance. The design is identical to one found on isle seats in Detroit's old Briggs Stadium, a tiger wielding a war club in the wide-grip style of Ty Cobb, the fiercest Tiger of them all. Rarely encountered in any shape, the offered piece shows just traces of its original paint but is in otherwise presentable VG-EX condition with some minor traces of rust and would make an admirable addition to any collection.

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Minimum Bid: $1
Final prices include buyers premium: $212
Number Bids: 14
Auction closed on Sunday, January 5, 2014.
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