Learn about Cast Iron Door Stops

Cast iron door stops, also called "door porters", were made in large quantities during the late 19th and early 20th century, and were made in a wide range of designs. Being cast-iron, they were quite robust and they frequently come onto the market. A popular character for door stops was children's character "Mr. Punch", sometimes with Judy. Door stops depicting fauna are also popular, particularly with Australian animals such as the kookaburra and kangaroo.

Learn about Cast Iron

Cast iron is produced by heating iron with a high carbon content until it liquefies, and then casting the iron into moulds of compressed sand.

Cast iron was invented in China in the 5th century BC and poured into moulds to make ploughshares and pots as well as weapons and pagodas. Although steel had been invented, was in use, and was more desirable, cast iron was cheaper and thus was more commonly used for warfare in ancient China.

In the west, cast iron did not become available until the 15th century, and its earliest uses included cannon and shot, and later, cast iron cannons, which, while heavier than the existing bronze cannons, were much cheaper to manufacture and enabled more to be produced..

Cast iron pots were made at many English blast furnaces from about the 17th century. In 1707, Abraham Darby patented a method of making pots and kettles thinner and thus cheaper than his rivals could. This meant that his Coalbrookdale furnaces became dominant as suppliers of pots, an activity in which they were joined in the 1720s and 1730s by a small number of other coke-fired blast furnaces. more...
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Two vintage cast iron door stops shaped as a guard and a bell, height 40 cm approx (tallest)

Two vintage Lion cast iron door stops, height 37 cm approx (tallest)

Two vintage Punch and Judy cast iron door stops, height 31 cm approx (tallest)

A Victorian black painted cast iron rampant lion door stop, 38 cm high and a green painted stop with a fox head, 30 cm high

Cast iron rabbit door stop, with diamond shaped registration mark

Cast iron painted floral basket door stop - old paint, approx 14.5 cm high, 11 cm wide

Vintage cast iron kangaroo doorstop. Height 19 cm approx

Matched pair of cast iron figural swan door stops original old paint, approx 39 cm high

Large 19th c. Cast iron figural 'Stylised Dolphin' door stop original bronzed finish, approx 34 cm high

Three kangaroo figured cast iron doorstops, Australian, late 19th/20th century, the tallest 19 cm

A cast iron door stop moulded with the figure of a miner, Ballarat, 19th century. Height 20 cm, width 31 cm

A rare antique cast iron door stop, impressed date lozenge to back, attributed to Fitzroy Foundry (note that Fitzroy was the previous name used for Mittagong N.S.W), approx 39 cm high, 26 cm wide