Friday, October 26, 2012

Antique Cast Iron Animal Figurines

Cast iron animal figurines have a charm all their own. Even though my tastes lean towards modern, I am smitten. These sturdy beauties can serve many purposes other than figural. They run the gamut as bookends, candle holders, door stops, key holders, boot scrapers, door knockers, banks and more. These type of figures can be made of other metal, cast iron being the most durable. How to know for sure if it's cast iron or not? A magnet will hold to it. 

The most reasonably priced of the bunch are figurines alone and the most expensive seem to be the banks, which can fetch a pretty hefty price.

I have the Spaniel below and paid around $10 for it several years ago. Since then the popularity has grown for cast iron figures and I would expect to pay more for it now, maybe $20.00 or more.

Spaniel Figurine, image via Jewels of Yesteryear

This particular pig is a cigar cutter! I'm not quite sure how it works, but I think that tail plays a part. (Perhaps the cigar goes in the snout of the pig and the tail is a lever to cut it?)

Snail Boot Jack, image via Skinner Auctioneers and Appraisers

Owl Andirons, image via estateroadshow

Swan Ashtray, image via Factory 20

image via Rubylane

A collector would like the way this bear bank has most of it's original paint and that would certainly add to it's value. I however, prefer them without paint and like the aged patina of the iron. 

Dachshund Boot Scraper, image via Aileen Minor

Image via Z & k Antiques

This mechanical frog bank would be a coup for a collector or dealer, and comes with a pretty hefty price.

Turtle String Holder, image via anythinggoeshere

Turtle Hotel Bell, image via Ruby Lane

I love this crab! (Wish it was in the budget)

To read about the history of cast iron toys: Antique Antiques

To read about collectible animal figures: lovetoknow antiques

To read about cast iron banks: squidoo or TribStar

To read an informative review by Jay Kerch, Owner of an antique gallery in Vermont: eBay Guide

These smaller cast iron figurines are just a small part of what's out there for cast iron antiques. Expect to find them occasionally in the behind glass cases of a thrift store. You can also find them at estate sales or auctions. Otherwise, look to eBay where you can expect to pay much more and most expensively at an antique store.

My apologies for not posting for awhile, I've had much going on and will try to not have such lapses in between posts.

1 comment:

  1. fun to see my turtle string holder in your post!