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Treasure Hunt 8/9/2018


08/15/18



Dear Donna,
I have this cast iron cat. I’m not sure what it was for so I am asking you. Hope you can help.
Debbie from Bedford 
 
Dear Debbie,
I believe that I can help you with your cat.
What you have is an antique cast iron cat boot scraper. Imagine a time (late 1800s to 1900s) when you would scrape off your shoes or boots before entering a home. Boot scrapers were very common in that time frame. Most were very plain or with a simple design. They were embedded into the stone outside the door, so they could easily be used before someone entered the house. Besides the simpler ones there were some that were figural and later some even had a more industrial form. I have seen dogs, cats, rabbits and a few more designs.
Your cat form is one I haven’t seen before. I would say that the value is in the $400+ range if it’s in good condition, and yours looks to be.
This is a treasure, Debbie, and I hope it finds a place in your home. 
Note: Beware they have made lots of reproductions of all figural boot scrapers. So it’s always a good idea to have someone actually look at items like this in person.
 
Donna Welch has spent more than 20 years in the antiques and collectibles field and owns From Out Of The Woods Antique Center in Goffstown (fromoutofthewoodsantiques.com). She is an antiques appraiser and instructor. To find out about your antique or collectible, send a clear photo of the object and information about it to Donna Welch, From Out Of The Woods Antique Center, 465 Mast Road, Goffstown, N.H., 03045. Or email her at footwdw@aol.com. Or drop by the shop (call first, 624-8668). 





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